Hatiora



Hatiora is a genus of epiphytic cacti in the family Cactaceae, comprising about six species. All species occurs in the tropical rainforests of the Mata Atlântica in South-Eastern Brazil. Hatiora species are perennial, epiphytic cacti with short, jointed, cylindrical stems, with each swollen at one end like a bottle.

Hatiora gaertneri (Easter cactus), 15 cm tall and 20 cm wide, is a bushy cactus with flat, oblong, glossy green stem segments, each about 5 cm long. The segments are often tinged red at edges. Each segment end bears orange-red flowers in spring.

Hatiora grows well in partial shade and well-drained soil. Keep the soil damp in summer and water a little in winter. The terminally borne flowers are actinomorphic and are always coloured. Its fruit is a berry. Propagation is by stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Buds of Hatiora gaertneriBuds of Hatiora gaertneri
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Hatiora gaertneri (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri)Hatiora gaertneri (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri)
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Flowers of Hatiora gaertneriFlowers of Hatiora gaertneri
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Hatiora salicornioidesHatiora salicornioides
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Close-up on flower of Hatiora salicornioidesClose-up on flower of Hatiora salicornioides
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Flower of an hybrid of Hatiora ×graeseriFlower of an hybrid of Hatiora ×graeseri
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