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Date Posted: 02:31:51 11/01/07 Thu
Author: M'Lynn Markel
Subject: Unknown Cacti

Two years ago this month I pinched a small segment from a cactus plant of a friend who had a porch full of dying plants. It multiplied itself into a small plant of 6 segments, each growing to 40-52cm lengths and curling midway as they are so very flat. At their broadest point, the segments (leaves?) are only 5cm wide, and I am able to stretch them out or let them sag.
One of the segments has just produced a second, smaller segment, protruding from its tip, 12 cm long and it has subsequently produced a delicate, bright, fuschia-pink flower almost 16cm in diameter. The bloom is so heavy it caused the plant to fall over. I've since propped it up against another plant and tied it to the stem so it can stand upright.

I cannot locate this plant in any cacti-succluent guide and I'm dying to know what it is. My friend thought it was a Christmas Cactus, but it's not - I've been growing those for years and this plant is quite different. If anyone here can help with identification, I would be happy to send a .jpg of the plant with it's gorgeous bloom and strangely long shaft.

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