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Macdonaldid' and C. nycticalus. to 12 feet in length and an inch in diameter, serpentine, with three to five ribs and a few short spines. Flowers about a foot hybrid raised at Stems up long and wide, the tube clothed with fleshy purplish scales sepals brownish-yellow petals white style and stamens yellow. They ex pa id at dusk and close at dawn and are slightly fragrant. ; ; ; Lemairei. C. size, fragrance, and brilliancy of colour this species resembles C. grandiflorus, but the tube is covered with large green, crimson -edged scales the sepals do not spread out star-like, and the stem is triangular, and the they are tinged with crimson It was introduced angles bear distant spines instead of clusters.
Cultivation. The following cultural directions are furnished by a very successful grower of Phyllocacti Their growing season is from May, or after the flowers are over, till the end of August. As soon as growth commences, the plants should be repotted, using a light, rich soil, such as a mixture of loam, peat, rotten manure, and a little sand. Small plants should have a fair shift ; larger ones only into a pot which admits of a thin layer of fresh soil. The plants flower most freely when pot-bound, and it is not necessary to repot After potting large specimens oftener than once every three years.
Higher. The stems may be trained either in the form of a fan or as a bush. Old branches which have flowered and are shrivelling may be cut away in the spring. ; Tig. 8. Phyllocactus Akerxnaanl. Fine specimen plants have been grown in pockets on walls inside lean-to greenhouses, where the conditions have been favourable to healthy growth. Good plants have also been grown planted at the foot of a sunny wall in bric\ rubble in a warm greenhouse. The genus has grown largely in favour during recent years, several nurserymen having made a feature of it at exhibitions, &e.
Cactus culture for amateurs (4-th ed.) by Watson W.