Close-up of the beautiful flower of the Orchid Cactus, epiphyllum.
This plant was given to me three years ago. It doesn't look like
much for most of the year - flattened, sword shaped leaves, some
of which have nasty thorns on the edges.
In Mid-March, the Orchid Cactus bursts into bloom and makes up
for its unassuming appearance.
These pictures were taken in Mid-April. By the end of the month, this
plant will be almost solid flowers. Some of the leaves can get to
be 1 1/2 to 2 feet long and completely covered with flowers.
Flowers grow along the margins of the flattened leaves. (Click
picture to enlarge.) The small white dots along the edge of the
leaf will each become a flower bud.
This picture is a side view of the flower.
It continues to grow length-wise from the center until it reaches
a length of four to five inches.
There are many varieties of the Orchid Cactus. Some have scented
flowers, others have flowers which open at night.
This variety is not a night bloomer and is not scented, but is
beautiful just the same.