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Other species which are not cl mbers have the same habit. Their stems, which are either round or angled, grow to a length of many feet, branching freely as they extend. Soil dees bright sunlight and where there is a good circulation of air. not appear to matter where there is a little brick rubble, gravel, or even cinders they will grow luxuriantly and produce flowers in abundance. The chief consideration is drainage, without which the loots are liable to rot. The stems should be syringed morning and evening on all bright days in summer, but in winter little or no water is required.
35 distinct kind, with stems similar to those of the last-named, but thicker and slightly less spiny, and flowers 4 inches wide, bright red, with pale yellow stamens. They are produced in abundance, a large specimen making a very attractive display for several weeks in the C. summer. serpentinus. The stems of this plant (Fig. 12) are at first erect and stout but as they lengthen they fall enough to support themselves over and grow along the ground they have numerous ridges, with clusters of hair-like spines, which are usually purplish.
Mexico, 1860. Not much grown in English gardens, though common in Continental collections ; CEREUS. C. 41 multiplex. A globose or pear-shaped species (Fig. 16), 6 inches high by 4 inches in diameter ridges clothed with clusters of spines, the Flowers 6 inches to 8 inches long, and about central one longest. the same across the spreading patals ; tube clothed with small, hairy scales ; sepals long and pointed ; petals 1 inch wide, spreading ; stamens in a ring round the whitish-rayed stigma. It flowers in autumn if grown in a warm, sunny position under glass or in a ; room window.