One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cactus with flattened stems and large, fragrant red or yellow flowers.
Genus Epiphyllum, family Cactaceae: several species, in particular the night-flowering cactus (E. hookeri)
- ‘Epiphyllums, commonly referred to as Epis, or Orchid cacti, have tremendous blooms.’
- ‘The epiphyllum loves filtered sunshine and enjoys humidity.’
Modern Latin, from epi- ‘upon’ + Greek phullon ‘leaf’.
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