Aporocactus Lemaire (1860)

(Greek "aporo" = confused)
thin shoot cactus, known as snake cactus
hanging or creeping, epiphytic growing
medium flowering, day flower, red to purple

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Mexico - Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Chiuahua
savannah and sparse forests

Growth period

half to full sun stand with the blazing midday sun protection
a stay in a protected place outdoors is favorable, in bushes or trees
these plants need abundant watering and humidity
fertilize older plants vigorously with a cactus fertilizer
this species is very suitable for planting a traffic light

Winter period

light and slightly moist at 8–12°C (46.4 to 53.6°F)


nutritious but well-permeable with high humus content
Aporocactus flagelliformis (Linné) Lemaire (1860)
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Guanajuato, Hidalgo, México, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz
above 2000 m (6561 ft)


thin, drooping, up to 2 cm (0.8 in) Ø
ribs 10–12, barely visible
8–12 marginal bristles, thin, red-brown
3–4 central spines, brownish with yellow tips
flowers 7–8 cm (2.7–3.1 in) long, hanging down the side of the drive, red to purplish pink, 4 days open
sepals rolling back, petals broad
fruits1,2 cm (0.4 in) Ø, globular


Cactus flagelliformis Linné (1753)
Cereus flagelliformis
(Linné) Miller (1768)
Aporocactus flagelliformis (Linné) Lemaire (1860)
Disocactus flagelliformis (Linné) Barthlott (1991)


Appendix II
Description of "Kakteen von A bis Z" by Walter Haage with courtesy by Kakteen-Haage made available.