Identification: Question regarding Hatiora species

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  1. rockminer

    rockminer Active Member

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    This speciman I believe is Hatiora salicornioides. According to several internet sites, and my hard references, this species does not have any spines. Is this an unusual speciman or something other than salicornioides? I appreciate any discussion you can send my way.
     

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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I'd say your identification is correct. The one that I have occasionally produces segments that are spiny at the base of the plant. However (as can be seen in the second photo), eventually newer growth no longer bear the spines. Perhaps the spines are a juvenile characteristic. Since this plant is a cactus one would expect to find spines in its growth at some point.
     
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    Thanks for your response. I suspected that might be the case although I have one started that is roughly 6" long now that is producing only spiny growth--Be interesting how long that will continue. Thanks for your time and input!
     
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    Here is my Hatiora in bloom.
     

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    I just got my plant in July and have not had any flowers yet. Hopefully come spring days? Thanks for the response. Bill
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Mine flowers around mid-January. I believe colder temperatures and/or longer dark periods promotes flowering in this plant.
     
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    The sooner the better! Thanks Junglekeeper.
     
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    I have never seen thorns of any kind on my plant. I wonder why that is? Blooms profusely in late winter. A very trouble free plant for household conditions.

    Cheers, LPN.
     

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