Aporocactus Flagelliformis ~ Stunning Rat Tail Cactus ~ Pink Flowers
Aporocactus Flagelliformis is a slender much-branched at the base creeping or epiphytic cactus cultivated as a houseplant for nearly 300 years. It one of the most popular of cacti for its ubiquity in modern collections and home use.
The 'Rat's Tail' is also very free-flowering and its long slender stems bear multitudes of crimson-pink blooms and make a good hanging plant. A larger specimen can be quite impressive, tumbling out of a pot, suggesting a waterfall.
It is said that it deserves a first place among the Cacti of easy culture. Flowers - Diurnal, borne laterally, red to purplish-pink usually 5-8(-10) cm long, 2,5-4(-7,5) cm wide, double-sided, symmetrical (zygomorphic) instead of perfectly regular and similar to that of the Christmas cactus Zygocactus truncatus), limb bilaterally symmetric, upcurved and slightly oblique, open for 3-5 days, scentless.
Pericarpial almost straight greenish with acute bracteoles; receptacle 3 cm, long, curved just above pericarpial, bracteoles, brownish, acute; outer tepals linear-lanceolate, ± reflexed, 2-3 cm long, 6 mm wide, crimson; inner tepals narrowly oblong, to 10 mm wide, crimson, sometimes passing to pink along the margins; stamens white to pale pink, erect, exerted; style stigma lobes 5-7, white.