Schlumbergera microsphaerica

Description:
Phylloclades cylindrical, 4 cm long and 0.5 cm diameter, with few, spined areoles. Flowers with a well-developed perianth-tube, zygomorphic, up to 4 cm long, solid fuchsia pink with little recurve, self-fertile.
Fruits spherical, greenish, angled.
Flowering period in northern hemisphere: April-May.

First description:
Schumann, K. (1890): Flora Brasiliensis. Vol. 4, no. 2: 197.

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Origin of the name:
micros (gr.) = small, sphaira (gr.) = sphere; for the small terete stem segments.

Occurence:
Brazil (Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro), known only from two disjunct locations in the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro above 2400 m elevation.

Synonyms:

  • Cereus microsphaericus Schumann (1890)
  • Cereus obtusangulus Schumann (1890)
  • Epiphyllanthus obtusangulus Berger (1905)
  • Zygocactus candidus Loefgren (1918)
  • Zygocactus obtusangulus (K. Schumann) Loefgren (1918)
  • Epiphyllanthus candidus (Loefgren) Britton & Rose (1923)
  • Epiphyllanthus microsphaericus (K. Schumann) Britton & Rose (1923)
  • Zygocactus microsphaericus (K. Schumann) Buxbaum (1957)
  • Schlumbergera obtusangula (K. Schumann) R. Hunt (1969)
  • Schlumbergera candida (Loefgren) H√∂vel (1970)
  • Schlumbergera microsphaerica obtusangula (K. Schumann) P. V. Heath (1992)
  • Schlumbergera microsphaerica parvula (K. Schumann) P. V. Heath (1992)
  • Schlumbergera microsphaerica candida (Loefgren) D. R. Hunt (1995)

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