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Ric Rac Orchid Cactus (Selenicereus anthonyanus)

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Botanical names:
Selenicereus anthonyanus Accepted
Cryptocereus anthonyanus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Thorned
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Ric Rac Orchid Cactus

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Location: La Plata, ArgentinaDate: 2009-12-20The bloom is open
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Location: La Plata, ArgentinaDate: 2009-12-20The bud is opening
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Location: La Plata, ArgentinaDate: 2009-12-20This is the image of an opening bud
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Posted by plantladylin (Daytona Beach, Florida (Sunset Zone 26) - Zone 9b) on Sep 11, 2011 2:25 PM

I can't say this is a favorite plant of mine as I am not fond of thorny plants ... and this guy does have thorns! I purchased this as a small plant many years ago because I thought the zig zag stems were interesting. It's been hanging out on my deck for a long time and until a few years ago I didn't even know it was a night bloomer. The buds first appear in March and it seems to take forever for them to grow and get to the bloom stage, but once they begin to fatten up and I see and smell the very fragrant blooms ... I think it's a keeper!

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Posted by ceci (La Plata, ARGENTINA) on Mar 18, 2013 7:28 PM

It blooms late in the evening and remains open during the night.

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