Identification: Unknown forest cactus

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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    I got this from an in-law who does not speak any language that I speak. Appears to be a "forest cactus" of some type:
     

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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    This houseplant is what is commonly referred to as a Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving Cactus depending on the holiday season when it blooms. Figuring out which is which can be a challenge but there is lots of information on the web if you want to know more. These aren't true cacti such as those you might find in the desert but usually interbred concoctions descending mostly from Schlumbergera, a native plant which grows on trees and rocks in Brazil. I think that must be where the term 'forest cactus' originates.

    One thing to remember is that they need more water than desert cacti. Also, if you want them to bloom, they should be prepped a few weeks ahead of time - again there's lots to read on the web that explains exactly what to do.

    Over many years, these can grow very large in width more than height. I have heard of several (often looking for new homes) that are a meter across.
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    I have a couple right now and have had others but have never seen one with a bulbous end like this one's
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Soccerdad, look up images of "schlumbergera fruit".
     
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    soccerdad Active Member 10 Years

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    Fruit! Hopefully good with ice cream...
     

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