Nopalxochia phyllanthoides (DC.) Britt. & Rose

Frost tender, semi-erect perennial cactus with strap-shaped, scalloped, deep green stems and pink to red flowers.  To 45cm.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This very beautiful plant is a native of South America, and was discovered by the celebrated travellers Humboldt and Bonpland in April 1801, near the small village of Turbaco, a few leagues south of Carthagena, at an elevation of about 390 yards above the sea shore, growing upon the trunks of old trees.  It first flowered in Europe in May 1811, and at the same time, both in the garden of Malmaison, then belonging to the late Empress Josephine, and in the Botanic garden at Montpelier.’  [BM t.2092/1819].  Don.

History at Camden Park

Listed under the name Cereus phyllanthoides in the 1843 and 1845 catalogues and under the name Epiphyllum phyllanthoides in the 1850 and 1857 editions [T.416/1850].


Published Mar 02, 2010 - 03:11 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 05:25 PM

Figured is a spineless cactus with strap-shaped, scalloped stems and pink flowers  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2092, 1819.

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides (DC.) Britt. & Rose | BM t.2092/1819 | BHL

More details about Nopalxochia phyllanthoides (DC.) Britt. & Rose
Family Cactaceae
Region of origin


  • Cereus phyllanthoides DC.
  • Cactus phyllanthoides DC.
  • Phyllocactus phyllanthoides Link.
  • Epiphyllum phyllanthoides (DC.) Sw.
  • Heliocereus phyllanthoides (DC.) Doweld
  • Disocactus phyllanthoides (DC.) Barthlott
  • Epiphyllum speciosum Haw.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Cereus phyllanthoides 

Epiphyllum phyllanthoides 

Confidence level high