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flat leaf/stalk that blooms
(Sun City Center, Fl)
My neighbor gave me a cutting from her plant but didn't know the name either. after about 6-7 months mine bloomed. beautiful, large flower but it only lasted about 8 hours. My neighbor didn't know it would bloom. I called her so she could come see it!
It puts out new growth on the side of the leaf/stalk. You can take that and start a new plant. It can grow pretty tall but because it's flat it will bend over and has to be staked.
Congratulations! You've got the awesome and beautiful epiphyte called Epiphyllum. These are also known as Orchid Cactus, no surprise there.
The plant itself is a bit ugly, but it redeems itself when it blooms.
Quite often, they are grown in hanging baskets so they can drape over the edge, and the flowers can be seen from below.
They prefer those kinds of conditions because that's where they adapted; growing in jungle tree tops where they have bright light, but moisture from rain showers and compost rich soil from the leaves that drop off the trees and catch in the crooks of branches.
Hope that helps,