What Is This Houseplant?

This indoor plant is at my work. It flowered for the first time in all the years I've worked here, last week. It has the prettiest of flowers, totally Jurassic looking too. The leaves grow out of other leaves. The long limbs have little roots that cling to the wall for support. The flowers also grow out of the sides of the leaves. Someone at work thought it was related to a Christmas cactus. I can't identify this plant. I would like to know, so I know properly how to propagate.

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October 17, 20160 found this helpful

Wow! You have a Night Blooming Cereus cactus. Not sure of care - maybe you can check a plant source book or the internet

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

You can cut a whole leaf off, or a shoot. You can then leave it dry for a week or so. Then stick it in water till it gets healthy roots and then plant it.


I have cut a long spike into several pieces and then put them in water and they grew.

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know. What I is, and how to take cuttings. Excellent. It's a rare plant in this neck of the woods. I'd love you give more of them a home.

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November 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hello ! It is an Epiphyllum oxypetalum. When it is receiving enough light it does not produce long cylindrical stems. In its native place, the rain forests, it grows in tree's hollows. Rain forests mean : warmth, a lot of humidity in the air, and cloudy sky. The plant is never exposed to direct sunlight that burns it in less than an hour. Once you have found a place with more light, moist and warmth, you can cut the long cylindrical stems, just before spring. If the plant is receiving enough light, it will stay 'bushy' and will produce much more than one flower at a time, unfortunately each flower opens for one hour only, and in the dark of the night only.


The flower is dead before morning. It has a very powerful scent. Put it in a larger pot only if absolutely needed when the plant is really growing out of the pot. Very often it will not flourish the year you changes its pot. You can put the pot on a layer of gravels to keep the air moist around it but water it scarcely during winter. Some people will say that it is very easy to grow this plant, and others will say that they have been waiting for the plant to flourish for years. Hope you will soon see its flowers again.

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