Epiphyllum macropterum (Lem.) Britton & Rose

  • Family : CACTACEAE
    (Cactus Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : NAG PHANI FAMILY / CACTUS FAMILY (नागफणी फैमिली / कैक्टस फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : CACTACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Epiphyllum macropterum (Lem.) Britton & Rose
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Cultivated
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated in gardens and is also popular as house-plant.
  • Key identification features : Flat-stemmed, unarmed, branching cactus with large and showy flowers. Plants upright up to 1.5m tall with flat, 2-edged, leaf like branches which are crenate or serrate on margins, spineless. Flowers usually large, mostly nocturnal, arise on edges of leaf, the tube longer than limb; corolla white, stamens elongated, numerous. Fruits oblong, red, juicy, bearing a few bracts. Seeds many, black.
  • Distribution :
    • Maharashtra : Sangli district, Satara district, Pune district
  • Native : Mexico, Central America
  • Literature : N.P. Singh, P. Lakshminarasimhan, S. Karthikeyan & P. V. Prasanna (2001). Flora of Maharashtra state, Dicotyledones. Vol. 2. pp.85. Botanical survey of India, Govt. India.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Epiphyllum macropterum. Downloaded on 17 September 2021.


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