This hybrid's flower is a blend of the parent colors (rose purple) with lower petals recurved giving the impression of two corollas. Stamens are straight and the seed pod is short and angular.
McM&H 1995: 80, 90, 93 & 97
the second historical (c. 1850) hybrid using S. russelliana crossed with S. truncata (ruckeri). This truncata was a deep reddish purple with a violet center. This is the classic Christmas Cactus from our grandmothers parlours, with crenate phylloclades, symmetrical flowers and a blooming period that coincides with December–January Christmas celebrations. It was once sold as E. russellianum superbum.