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Schlumbergera bridgesii - Christmas Cactus.

Another one of our Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncate). They are closely related to Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii).

EASTER OR SPRING CACTUS ♥

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Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus: What's the Difference?

 

''Around the holidays, we often see blooming plants that are members of the cactus family. The Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), and the Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaetneri) all look alike. The Schlumbergera species are native to the tropical forests of Brazil, while the Rhipsalidopsis species is native to the natural forests of Brazil.

 

These three species of cactus are members of the group of cacti called leaf cacti, explains Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. The plant bodies are flattened and the leaves are actually stems. The flowers are produced from notches in these stems or from the tips. The fuchsia-like flowers last a long time. They are usually pink, but modern hybrids include white, red, yellow, and purple varieties.''

That a Christmas Cactus blooms at Christmas? ; )

Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii. I don't know how my mom gets hers to bloom at Christmas, no one else I know can!

 

The interesting part of the flower is all on the bottom...it got overexposed because I was shooting up towards a skylight, but I don't care!

  

Wilmington, Delaware, Dec. 6 2008.

This shot was accomplished by attaching a 52mm male-male reversing ring to the front of my 55-200mm zoom lens, and then attaching the 50mm lens reversed onto the end of that. By extending the zoom lens out to 200mm a 4:1 magnification is achieved, but with a very narrow depth-of-field. Out of about a dozen shots this shot of pollen granules on the stamens is the only one even close to in-focus.

50mm lens reversed on the camera body, and an SB-600 flash held below the lens to illuminate the carpel and stamens from the front

Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii. I don't know how my mom gets hers to bloom at Christmas, no one else I know can!

 

This makes me think of a stooping falcon or an alien spaceship landing - something about the long downward-leaning neck of the pistil and the spreading petals behind it.

 

Wilmington, Delaware, Dec. 6 2008.

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Christmas cactus bloom

Seguramente no es el nombre cientifico de estas flores pero yo siempre lo he conocido asi - esta se vé la flor abierta. Aunque luce grande en realidad son flores bastante pequeñas.

 

More than likely the scientific name for this flower is totally different but I have always known them to be called the Christmas cactus !! Here it is once open and although it looks quite big they are actually quite small flowers.

 

Nombre cientifico/scientific name : Schlumbergera bridgesii - muchas gracias a/many thanks to : AdrianWarren (pro)

The Christmas Cactus doing it's blooming thing

 

Weekend Project: "Low Key" 1st-15th December

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus buds

Focus stack of 10 files compiled in Zerene Stacker

Schlumbergera bridgesii.

 

Both S. truncata (Thanksgiving cactus) and S. bridgesii are blooming now on my windowsill, but not as prolifically as they do during the holidays.

It is not Christmas time, but this plant has blossomed anyway.

Thank you all for your kind comments, faves and group awards for this image!

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Focus Stack comprised of 9 files compiled in Zerene Stacker software.Fuji XPro-2 with 80mm f/2.8 Macro Lens.

taken at f/5.6, 1 sec., ISO=200.

Seguramente no es el nombre cientifico de estas flores pero yo siempre lo he conocido asi - en esta todavia no estaba abierto. Aunque luce grande en realidad son flores bastante pequeñas.

 

More than likely the scientific name for this flower is totally different but I have always known them to be called the Christmas cactus !! Here it is still in bud and although it looks quite big they are actually quite small flowers.

 

Nombre cientifico/scientific name : Schlumbergera bridgesii - muchas gracias a/many thanks to : AdrianWarren (pro)

 

Schlumbergera bridgesii

After 15 Years of joy living with this Christmas Cactus, It seems to have become pot-bound with this being the only flower. I did these stacks, hoping that the plant will survive Linda's repotting.

 

This is also a lens test for the new Fuji XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro mounted on an xPro-2.

Though a bit late this is a 'Thanksgiving cactus' (Schlumbergera truncata) not a 'Christmas cactus' (Schlumbergera bridgesii) as it is often called.

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus buds

Focus stack of 20 files compiled in Zerene Stacker

Large: flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=353005043&size=l

 

Christmas Cactus is easier to say and hear!

 

I also like this image from the same set: flickr.com/photos/mike_55/352968987/

Schlumbergera bridgesii

After 15 Years of joy living with this Christmas Cactus, It seems to have become pot-bound with this being the only flower. I did these stacks, hoping that the plant will survive Linda's repotting.

 

This is also a lens test for the new Fuji XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro mounted on an xPro-2.

Felices pascuas y un prospero año 2011, les deseamos los Seravalle Martin-Caro.

The common holiday cacti (Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus) are composed of several closely related species in the genus Schlumbergera (often called "Zygocactus" in older works). They are originally forest cacti, growing as epiphytes at elevations between 1000 and 1700 meters above sea level (3280 to 5575 feet above sea level) in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil, South America (not to be confused with the Organ Mountains of New Mexico in the United States of America). They are called "Flor de maio" (May Flower) in Brazil.

 

Many modern holiday cactus cultivars are hybrids between Schlumbergera truncata and Schlumbergera russelliana, first bred about 150 years ago in England.

 

Holiday Cactus (Schlumbergera hybrids):

Christmas Cactus, (Schlumbergera bridgesii, Schlumbergera x buckleyi, Epiphyllum x buckleyi).

Thanksgiving Cactus, Yoke Cactus, Linkleaf Cactus, Crab Cactus, Claw Cactus, (Schlumbergera truncata, formerly Zygocactus truncatus).

Easter Cactus, (Schlumbergera gaertneri - formerly Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri).

The joints of the plants are quite fragile and can break apart if the plant is in poor health. The flower buds' joints are especially easy to detach.

 

Holiday cacti can be propagated quite easily by removing a single segment and planting it a quarter of its length deep in a pot filled with slightly sandy soil. Place the pot in a well lit area (but not direct sunlight) and keep the soil moist. The cutting should begin showing signs of growth after two or three weeks

  

50mm lens reversed on the camera body, and an SB-600 flash held above the petals to illuminate them from the top, with pink-tinted light filtering through to the carpel and stamens

Schlumbergera bridgesii - This is one flower in the sun(with only a crop and no color added) of my big Christmas Cactus. There were over 50 flowers on it for New Years Day 2012! I've had it for over 30 years as a house plant, started from one leaf clipping from my Mom and another from my Father- in-Law.

Plants, Botany closeup

Fortville Pike, Indiana

12/18/2019

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii).

Isn't that a nice name?

2019

Plants

Fortville Pike, Indiana

12/18/2019

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii). Isn't that a nice name? 2019

Again using the 50mm lens reversed on the body, with the flash held in a different location

Schlumbergera bridgesii - Many of the deep pink blooms and buds haven't opened yet.

 

Micro-Nikkor 105mm, Nikon D50, f22, SB 600 on Manual 1/4 power

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus buds

Focus stack of 9 files compiled in Zerene Stacker

My mother-in-law, who truely has a green thumb, gave me this white variation of the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii).

 

Heredia, Costa Rica | November 2009.

Schlumbergera bridgesii Cactus

Though a bit late this is a 'Thanksgiving cactus' (Schlumbergera truncata) not a 'Christmas cactus' (Schlumbergera bridgesii) as it is often called. The flowers should be either white or peach colored.

 

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