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[ep-uh-fil-uh m]
  1. any of several mostly epiphytic cacti of the genus Epiphyllum, native to tropical America, having large, fragrant white flowers.
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Origin of epiphyllum

< New Latin, equivalent to Greek epi- epi- + Greek phýllon leaf; so called from the leaflike branches on which the flower grows
Also called orchid cactus.
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  • The Epiphyllum, or Lobster Cactus, is one of the best of the family, easy of culture.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • The similarity of its branches to Epiphyllum led to its being included in that genus by Haworth.

  • They are often called Epiphyllum, which name is, however, properly restricted to the group next to be mentioned.