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Disocactus schrankii
Scientific Name: Disocactus schrankii (Seitz) Barthlott
Synonym: Heliocereus elegantissimus, Heliocereus schrankii var. elegantissimus, Heliocereus luzmariae, Cereus elegantissimus, Cereus coccineus, Cereus schrankii, Heliocereus schrankii
Family: Cactaceae
Disocactus  schrankii
As Heliocereus elegantissimus, in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Keep above 50F (10C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 60F (15C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Southern Mexico

Growth Habits: Erect stems, 0.4 to 1.2 in. wide (1-3 cm); 3 to 4 wavy ribs; young stems reddish; areoles 0.6 to 0.8 inches apart; 6 to 8 acicular spines, white at first, turning dark brown as they age, 0.4 in. long (1 cm).

Watering Needs:


Blooming Habits:
Red flowers, 4-6 inches long (10-15 cm), perianth segments acuminate.

Fruiting Habits:

Las Cactaceas de Mexico

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