Definition of epiphyllum in English:


Syllabification: ep·i·phyl·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌepəˈfiləm

noun (plural epiphyllums)

  • 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)
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    • The epiphyllum loves filtered sunshine and enjoys humidity.
    • Epiphyllums, commonly referred to as Epis, or Orchid cacti, have tremendous blooms.


modern Latin, from epi- 'upon' + Greek phullon 'leaf'.

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