Saturday, October 25, 2008

TODAY'S FLOWERS

Epiphyllum;




Epiphyllums are flowering now in my garden;
(please click on pictures to see details)

Epiphyllum ("upon the leaf" in Greek) is a genus of 19 species of epiphytic plants in the cactus family (Cactaceae), native to Central America. Common names for these species include orchid cacti and leaf cacti, though the latter also refers to the genus Pereskia.
The stems are broad and flat, 1-5 cm broad, 3-5 mm thick, usually with lobed edges. The
flowers are large, 8-16 cm diameter, white to red, with numerous petals.
The fruit is edible, very similar to the pitaya fruit from the closely related genus Hylocereus, though not so large, being only 3-4 cm long.

Epiphyllums are very popular house plants, with numerous
hybrids and cultivars produced. In fact, the term epiphyllum is commonly used to refer to these hybrids.
Wikipedia
For more Flowers please go to http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/
Photos T.S.

8 comments:

Pea in a Pod said...

The first shot is my fave! WOW! Lovely shots too:)

Mine is up HERE. Hope to see you there! Happy TF!~

Maria said...

It is unbelievable how beautiful these blossoms are! The first is my fave too but all three photos are great!

ellen b. said...

Oh so pretty! I love your shots of these flowers!!

Arija said...

Oh, you are soooo much earlier than down here, mine are only in little buds yet.
Thanks for the invitation, if we get that far north I'll certainly let you know and drop by if convenient. We are thinking/dreaming of Q'land some time next winter. Here's hoping.

bintang said...

Great shot and it's so beautiful.

My 1st entry on TF here

Carletta said...

All are nice; but I love the first one the best. It seems to spill forth the center.
Lovely.

Dulce said...

Great capture! I loved the first one best.

Kahshe Cottager said...

In the first photo it seems like fireworks shooting out of the centre! They are all beautiful! Great job with the photos.