Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Brazilian genus of low cactaceous plants, with numerous branches formed of short, flattened, bright-green joints, bearing showy rose-red flowers at the summit. There are three species. E. truncation and E. Russellianum are frequently cultivated in greenhouses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of cactaceous plants having flattened, jointed stems, and petals united in a tube. The flowers are very showy, and several species are in cultivation.
- n. any cactus of the genus Epiphyllum having flattened jointed irregularly branching stems and showy tubular flowers
“The epiphyllum, or lobster cactus, or crab cactus, is one of the best of the family, easy of culture.”
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