P&PDL Picture of the Week for
October 27, 2008

Holiday Cactus Can Be Fruitful

Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

At first glance, these pink structures look like they might be young flower wannabes, but in this case, these are the fruits of the holiday cactus. Note in the 4th image, the arrow pointing to the flower's ovary, which will become the fruit after the petals fade.

 

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Cactus fruits

Cactus fruit
Courtesy of Joan Hord

Cactus fruit

Cactus fruit
Courtesy of Joan Hord

Cactus fruit

Cactus fruit
Courtesy of Joan Hord

Cactus flowers

Christmas cactus flowers
Courtesy of Rosie Lerner

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service