Unknown Plant (ID complete)

« Back to Name that Plant

Date Photo Taken:
Posted By: Janiswalker


I would like to know if you can identify this plant for me. I have looked online for it and cannot find it anywhere. One of my co-workers brought in some to share. She said it is called a “devils-backbone” but I have not found it or any plant that resembles it online. She said that she kept it outside and then in the winter she brings it in and keeps it in her garage. It looks like a succulent but then a resembles a fern to me. Thank you.


  1. Gail Unregistered says:

    Looks like you have a rooted cutting of an Epiphyllum, (or “Epi” as many growers call them.) As the name implies, Epi’s are a species of epiphytic cacti that are native to the forests of South America where they grow perched trees with other epiphytes such as Bromeliads and orchids.

    There are thousands of Epi Hybrids, each producing the most spectacular flowers. I looked up the name ‘Devil’s Backbone’ in the Epiphyllum Society of America’s Directory of Species and Hybrids, and it wasn’t listed. Usually the name and flowering characteristics are written in black ink right on the cutting.

    I live in SC, and currently have 8 Epi’s in my greenhouse where they over-winter. In the spring I hand their pots from the branches of a Crepe Myrtle tree. They thrive in partial shade and humid weather.

    Here is a good website to get you started:



    January 26th, 2011 at 8:49 am
  2. Cornelius Unregistered says:

    It looks like some type of Epiphyllum which includes Night Blooming Cereus and are related to the Christmas Cactus. Treat it good and some day it might suprise you with beautiful, fragarant flowers.

    January 27th, 2011 at 11:00 am
  3. Janis Unregistered says:

    Thank you very much Gail and Cornelius! From your information I also found out that this plant(Selenicereus anthonyanus) is also known as Fishbone cactus, Zig Zag Cactus, Moon Cactus, Queen of the Night, Ric Rac Orchid Cactus. Thanks again!

    January 29th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
  4. Judy Unregistered says:

    It is an Epiphyllum, and it is called Ric Rac. The blooms occur along the sides of the leaves. The buds are quite red and the flower is quite showy with external petals being bright red and the internal petals becoming a creamy white. Unlike many epi’s, these blooms will stay open all day and can be enjoyed. Be careful, this is a cactus variety, and those little buggers can even go through some garden gloves. They grow very readily from cuttings. Enjoy.

    November 5th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Leave a Reply