Lepismium cruciforme


Hurricane cactus

Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay

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Lepismium cruciforme

Lepismium cruciforme is known from Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay

A group of very unusual cactus species, commonly known as Jungle cacti. Unlike the very spiny cacti adapted to the arid regions these harmless epiphytic plants are found in tropical areas, often in forests growing on rock ledges and in trees with the succulent stems drooping down like veils.

The jungle cacti comprises of a group of several genera that has adapted to higher rainfall conditions and forest environments. These plants are often found in association with bromeliads, orchids and other tropical plants.

Plant size: We are offering rooted cuttings of about 10 to 15 cm long.


About Lepismium

Lepismium is a small genus of about six epiphytic (or lithiophytic) species in the cactus family. They are mainly found in Central America, the Caribbean and northern regions of South America.

The stems are usually without harmful spines but is often decorated with beautiful white tufts. The stems are pendulous or can be rambling given the opportunity. The flowers of Lepismium are rather inconspicuous but are followed with attractive bright pinkish-red berries.


Caring for your Lepismium

Pot: Lepismium species has the natural tendency to droop down and is best suited to cultivation in hanging baskets. Baskets can be hung on the verandah or under trees.

Soil: The plants prefer organic based growing media like normal potting soil (composted bark), larger pieces of bark can be mixed in the medium or placed at the bottom of the container for additional drainage.

Light: Lepismium is adaptable to either shadier or brighter conditions. In areas with low humidity the plants should be protected from direct summer sunlight. The brighter the light the more colourful your plant will be.

Water: Despite the fact that these plants like ample watering, they also have the ability to withstand droughts. Lepismium plants are happy with weekly watering and spraying the plants in between creates the tropical environment they prefer.

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