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The popularity of small-flowered, compact plants like Rosetta has given rise to a whole new race of epiphyllum hybrids, Because most epiphyllum varieties are large, strong-growing plants they are rather awkward as house plants, requiring much more room than the average window-sill gardener can afford to give. In the past his only recourse was to grow one of the smaller relatives of the epiphyllums, The most jiopuiar of these is undoubtedly the genus Nopalxochia (noh-pal-soh'-chee-ah). whose only species, M phyllanthoides, is commonly called Deutsche Kaiserin, or Empress of Germany, It is a very dainty plant with charming rosebud-pink flowers and neat branches, scarcely one sixth as large as the common epiphyllum hybrids. With this genus as a starting point hybridizers have now developed a whole new race of small-flowered compact-growing epiphyilums that are perfect house plants. They come in every conceivable color and are, if anything, even more free-blooming than their bit; cousins. Of these miniature epiphyllum hybrids the beginner might try (he fuchsia-red Bambi, the brilliant pink Sea Breeze, the fiery orange-red Peter Pan, or the multishaded-saJmon Ballerina,
Two other genera in the subuibe Epiphyltanae have long been favorite house plants, though they are somewhat different than the epiphyllums. They are Zvgovactus (zy-goh-kak'-tusj and Schlumbergera (shlum-ber'-ger-ah). The stems of these two genera are very flat, narrow, and consist of short leaflike links in long chains. Unlike the epiphyllums, their flowers usually appear at the ends of the branches and are relatively small but very profuse.
From (.he basic species Zygocacius truncOtus—mlh irregular, deep rose, fuchsia-like flowers—several hundred varieties have been developed over the years ranging from pure white to deep purple. Because most of these bloom in December they have been given the popular name Christmas Cactus,
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