Strange Houseplant

Asked October 7, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

Could anyone identify this houseplant? I have an elderly parishioner who is very attached to it but has no idea what it is.

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1 Response

Hello, and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System,

I took your photo to a master Gardeners Meeting in Luzerne County, PA today, and one of my Master Gardener colleagues made the identification of your plant. The plant in your photo is most likely a species of Epiphyllum commonly called a fishbone cactus or zigzag cactus because of the odd appearance of the leaves. The plant is most likely Epiphyllum anguliger, a night blooming cactus that produces white flowers.

If you have additional questions you can contact your local Penn State Extension office.

Lancaster County Penn State Extension

Address: 1383 Arcadia Road, Room 140, Lancaster, PA 17601-3184
Phone: 717-394-6851
E-mail: LancasterExt@psu.edu
office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.