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This is a discussion on alien pod plant within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Wow that's really beautiful and many flowers love the pink color....
Wow that's really beautiful and many flowers love the pink color.
this is the white one that i have, a noid species. one of those things that people have been passing cuttings around california so long no one remembers its name. i see it listed on the internet now and then, and no one ever knows what species it is. it is spiny, and has a distinct shape and growth pattern, and a very strong scented 8" white flower. it opens as the sun goes down, and lasts a second night usually, sometimes a third in our june-gloom weather. if it warms up they will wither. i've had this one for years, and did not really expect any flowers this year, as last year it had 11 flowers, and the whole thing turned raisin on me. but it recovered. the older stems here are maybe 10 years old. one day i'll climb up there and tidy it up, but the darn thing is pretty spiny for an epiphyllum. it might be a selenicereus? people call it a 'night blooming cereus' but more commonly that is an Oxypetalum, which has a completely different growth habit and has no spines. this one can take a little filtered sun, and gets red edges when it gets plenty in winter but gets little burn spots on the branches that help identify the type. in deeper shade, it stays greener and does not flower. if ANYONE knows what this species is, PLEASE POST THE NAME!! thanks! i have googled and googled and googled and no luck.
both very nice.
Coeruleo, I think the white one could be Epiphyllum crenatum and my guess is that it is var. kimnachii, which is probably the spiniest of the white-flowered epiphyllums.
the flowers look very similar, but the branches distinctly lack the crenation on the normal variety. i've only found one picture of the kimnachii, and it does not have the same look. the written discription sounds like it though, but the look is not quite the same. the crenatum varieties still have the deep crenation of the edges of the branch. this one really has baerly any crenation, the branches look more like feathers, and not wavy at all. it could still be a variety of crenatum though, i just wish i could find more pictures. i'm going to start emailing epi societies to see if they recognize it. i wonder sometimes it might be the hybrid of crenatum and a selenicereus.
Very beautiful! Wish I could find the hybrid epiphyllums here... Love their waterlily-like flowers..
The white one looks like Epiphyllum oxypetalum, which is cultivated here. But I have never noticed spines on the stem, unless yours has been grafted onto another cactus..
the flowers of many species look very much the same. this was sold to me as a cutting of oxypetalum, but it is a different kind (also commonly called 'queen of the night') but thwe growth is different, and the flower remains open for a couple days, oxy closes the next morning before noon and dies. i still think this is a hybrid of crenatum and a selenicereus, but not sure. it could be a strange variety of crenatum. i could trim it up to keep it less ratty, but the thing is so stabby i avoid doing that! there are many people here growing this calling it 'night blooming cereus' and also some call it 'day blooming cereus' because the flowers don't die so quick. the scent is really strong, but i am told not as sweet as oxypetalum. i've started an oxy, hoping to get flowers next year maybe.
all 3 of the flowers i cross pollinated between these 2 have set fruit.
these 2 are epi showboat (pollinated by the white nightblooming)
this is the nightblooming (pollinated by showboat) white one:
the fruit have distinctively different shapes, the showboat is like a football shape and the white is fatter tri-lobed shape.