Also known as
Zig Zag Cactus, Orchid Cactus, Rick Rack Cactus, St. Anthony's Rik-Rak, Epiphyllum anguliger
Epiphyllum anguliger flowering profile by Zapyon (CC BY-SA 3.0)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Fishbone Cactus Overview
Disocactus anguliger is commonly known by the names Fishbone Cactus or Zig Zag Cactus after its characteristic fishbone-shaped, zig-zagging foliage. It was also well known by the name Epiphyllum anguliger, however it was recently reclassified and is now included in the genus Disocactus. It forms long woody stems with succulent, flattened, smooth and green leaves measuring between 3-5cm wide. The leaves are deeply lobed leaves and can reach 20-30cm in length. Lobes are rounded to rectangular and this species produces 6-20cm long, yellow or white, nocturnal and sweetly scented blooms. This succulent species originates from Mexico and is commonly grown as an ornamental plant both outdoors in frost-free climates and also indoors as a popular houseplant. This plant is epiphytic and thus grows without the need for soil substrate, it's naturally found in tropical forests, growing in the forks of tree branches or in rock crevices where enough humus has accumulated to retain moisture.
How to propagate Fishbone Cactus
Detach 10-15 cm stem segments in spring and place upright in moist potting mix. Stem cuttings root easily, but you may wait a few years to see many blooms on a new plant.
Special features of Fishbone Cactus
Fleshy stems store water for dry spells.
Bright indirect sunlight is suitable indoors.
Perfect for hanging pots. Repot every 2-3 years, moving up to a pot 1 size larger. Wait till early spring to repot, never while it's blooming.