Crab Cactus   
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Crab Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Crab cactus, Lobster cactus, Thanksgiving cactus
Botanical name: Schlumbergera truncata    Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)

Crab cactus is a popular, winter-flowering houseplant native to Brazil, available in a wide variety of colors including red, purple, oranges, pinks and creams. In its native environment, these cacti grow on rocks or in trees where hummingbirds pollinate the flowers. The stems are segmented, flattened to round in cross-section, with weak or no spines. The stems are graceful and arching and are an easy-care plant for most homes. Considerable breeding has been undertaken in Europe and the United States resulting in a wide selection of flower colors including red, orange, magenta, lavender, and white. Other characteristics which vary among cultivars are branching density, uprightness, phylloclade shape, flower shape, and bloom time.
Photographed in Manipur
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