Detail from Cactus Culture - Watson 1889
Now treated as a synonym of L. cruciforme
Stem straggling, branching freely, growing to
a length of several feet.
Branches jointed; joints varying in length, triangular,
the angles compressed, and notched along the margins; notches
regular, and bearing tufts of whitish hair. Strong plants produce
joints over 1 in. in width.
Flowers white, tinged with purple, springing singly
from the notches, and composed of eight to twelve sepals and petals.
Stamens and stigma erect, white, the latter four-rayed.
This species is a native of Brazil, and was introduced in 1830;
Flowering-season, October to December. It may be
grown in a warm greenhouse, and treated as a basket-plant or as
a small pot-shrub. Syn. Lepismium commune.