Schlumbergera opuntioides (Lofgren
and Dusen). Hunt in Kew Bull. 23: 260 (1969)
Desc from B&R 1923 as Epiphyllanthus obovatus
Plant - usually growing in shade
of rocks, at first erect, becoming more or less decumbent, very much
Joints - usually 5 to 7 cm. long, obovate to oblong, more or less
flattened, often suggesting small joints of some Opuntia, bearing
scattered areoles and these ften spinescent; old and lower joints often
nearly terete, bearing large areoles with numerous short yellow spines.
Flowers - 5 cm. long, purple.
Ovary - naked.
Type locality - Brazil.
Note from Bradleya 13
DISTRIBUTION. Brazil (S Minas Gerais, NW Rio de Janeiro, E Sao Paulo):
Serra da Mantiqueira (Serra do Ibitipoca, Serra do Itatiaia, Campos
do Jordao), epiphytic in cloud forest, at 1600-2500 m altitude.
Desc from Hunt 2006
Body shrubby, Opuntia-like; branches erect or arching up to 40cm ( reaching
120cm in nature from a woody base 10cm diam); branch segments obovate
to oblong, compressed, 5-7 x 1.5-4cm; areoles in diagonal rows, as in
Opuntia; spines few to numerous, up to 5mm, bristly, almost white to
pale yellow brown; flowers strongly zygomorphic, resembling those of
S. truncata, ca 6 x 4.5cm, deep pink; pericarp obscurely 5-7 angled;
stigma almost white.
Left photo © W. Barthlott (1987) Top right: ©
K Friedman (2003). Bottom right © D. Butcher (2003)