Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Disocactus hybrid - Orchid Cactus
Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) probably a Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii'
Disocactus x hybridus 
'Ackermannii' (Orchid Cactus) (published as Disocactus ackermannii) from John Lindley, Edwards's Botanical Register, vol. 16, plate 1331, 1830
Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) from the Edisto Island Museum, Edisto Album Chintz Appliqué Spread, dated 1863  
Common Names: Orchid Cactus, Disocactus hybrid, Epiphyllums, Epicactus, Epis
 
Description: Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) is a member of the Cactaceae (Cactus) family. Orchid Cacti are mostly complex human-made hybrids of the genera Disocactus, the closely related Schlumbergera, Pseudorhipsalis, and/or Selenicereus. Despite common names including theword "epiphyllum", Orchid Cacti rarely have genes from the genus Epiphyllum in their complex parentage.*  All cacti originated in the New World.

Quilts with one or both these Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motifs: 
  • Edisto Island Museum, Edisto Album Chintz Appliqué Spread, "Lowcountry Chintz: The Townsend/Pope Quilt Legacy", Uncoverings 2013, p. 84, dated 1863  
  • Collection of Mary Elizabeth (Howle) Nelson, Alpharetta Chintz Appliqué Album Spread Begun by Sarah Edings (Mikell) Pope and Completed by Virginia Mikell (Pope) Allen, "Lowcountry Chintz: The Townsend/Pope Quilt Legacy", Uncoverings 2013, p. 85, c. 1860s and dated 1935 
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, James Betts Woodblock Print Quilt Top, Object Number1970-194, c. 1840
  • Stella Rubin Antiques, Lone Star Quilt with Broderie Perse, (http://www.stellarubinantiques.com/items/1307562/Lone-Star-Quilt-Broderie-Perse-Circa-1830), c. 1830 

Chintz with one or both these Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motifs: 
  • None known at this time


                                          Additional Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) Motifs

Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) from the Private Collection, French Cactus Print Curtain, c. 1830
Chintz with this Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif: 
  • Private Collection, French Cactus Print Curtain, c. 1830
Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) from the Private Collection, Broderie Perse Bed Set, c. 1840
Bed Furnishings with this Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif: 
  • Private Collection, Broderie Perse Bed Set, c. 1840
Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) from the Private Collection, Cactus Stripe Fabric Fragment, late 1800s
Chintz with this Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif: 
  • Private Collection, Cactus Stripe Fabric Fragment, late 1800s
Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) from the Private Collection, Cretonne Cactus Curtain Panel, 19th century
Cretonne with this Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif: 
  • Private Collection, Cretonne Cactus Curtain Panel, 19th century
                                                 More Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) Motifs
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Quilt with a different Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif: 
  • Atlanta History Center, Chintz Applique Chintz Quilt made by a member of the Rev. Dr. Charles Colcock Jones family, Forget Me Not: A Gallery of Friendship and Album Quilts, p. 24, dated 1854-1856 

Printed Cotton with a different Disocactus hybrid (Orchid Cactus) motif from those above: 
  • Warner PLC, London and Musee de L'Impression Sur Etoffes, Mulhouse, Jungle Themed Block-Printed Glazed Percale, French Textiles: 1760 to the Present, p. 114, printed between 1868-1870






* Edward F. Anderson,  The Cactus Family, (Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2001), p. 286





   ©  Updated 2/28/2021     Author: Terry Terrell