This is one of the prettiest of the smaller cacti and very popular in collections. It is very free flowering, and a small plant may have as many as 15 to 20 flowers, which are orange or scarlet. Four or five flowers open at a time, the flowering period lasting for a few weeks. There is only one species in the genus, namely:

Chamaecereus Silvestrii. Argentina. It has short, cylindrical branches, which are creeping. From one single branch it is possible, within one year, to grow a large plant with 12 or more branches, and these will all produce flowers in the following spring. It is of easy cultivation and should not be absent from the smallest collections. Although there is only one species in the genus, there are a few varieties, all of which are beautiful.

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