Fat plants

Mother-in-law's tongue - Lepismium

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GeneralitŠ°

this genus has about ten species of epiphytic cacti, originating in the rain forests of South America. They consist of dense tufts of arched, flattened stems, up to two meters long in nature, more contained in the specimens grown in containers; they have a bright green color, sometimes reddish, especially if the plant is grown in excessively sunny areas; they have a wavy edge, with numerous woolly areolas, which carry 4-8 short dark thorns; the stems tend to branch towards the apex; some species have almost triangular section stems. In spring they produce numerous bright red, orange or yellow flowers. These plants are very suitable to be grown in hanging baskets, leaving the stems hanging. The flowers are generally followed by the fruits: small rounded, slightly fleshy capsules, which contain numerous seeds.


Exposure

in nature lepismium develop under the shelter of tall trees, therefore they should be placed in shady or partially shaded places, avoiding to leave them exposed to direct sunlight for too many hours a day. They can generally withstand temperatures close to 0 ° C, but it is advisable to keep them at a winter minimum close to 10 ° C, at home or in a temperate greenhouse.

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