Christmas cactus

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Christmas cactus

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Any of several epiphytic cacti of the genus Schlumbergera, native to Brazil, having jointed flat segments and widely cultivated as houseplants for their showy, usually magenta or red flowers that bloom in winter.

Christmas cactus

n
(Plants) a Brazilian cactus, Schlumbergera (formerly Zygocactus) truncatus, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy red flowers

Christ′mas cac`tus


n.
a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and bearing showy usu. purplish red flowers.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.Christmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winterChristmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winter
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Schlumbergera, Schlumbergera - South American epiphytic or lithophytic cacti
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With some care, Christmas cactuses are designed to bloom every year around the holidays.
Christmas cactuses are long-lived: They may produce bountiful blooms for 20 to 30 years.
If your holiday flowering plants include poinsettias, kalanchoes, Christmas cactuses, etc.