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Easter Cactus or Holiday Cactus in Our House

The one that you can see in our computer room is the Holiday cactus or Easter Cactus. We have plants all over the house..That's how we love it!
Schlumbergera x buckleyi

The common holiday cacti (Thanksgiving Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus) comprise several closely related species in the genus Schlumbergera and the species Hatiora gaertneri, often called Zygocactus in older works. They are originally forest cacti, growing as epiphytes at elevations between 1000 and 1700 meters (3300 to 5600 feet) above sea level in the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil, South America. They are called Flor de maio (May Flower) in Brazil.

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

Holiday cactus (Schlumbergera and Hatiora hybrids) include:

* Christmas Cactus, (S. bridgesii, S. x buckleyi, Epiphyllum x buckleyi)
* Thanksgiving Cactus, Yoke Cactus, Linkleaf Cactus, Crab Cactus, Claw Cactus, (S. truncata, formerly Zygocactus truncatus)
* Easter Cactus, (Rhipsalis gaertneri or Hatiora gaertneri - formerly Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri)

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