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Family: Cactaceae  

 Rhipsalis baccifera
 

  
Author:  William Thomas Stearn 1939
Family:  Cactaceae
Habitat:  South-eastern Africa, Madagascar, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, Florida, east Sri Lanka
Soil:  Grit/Epiphytic
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  4 millimetres
Height:  60 centimetres
Flower:  Crème colour
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  Mistletoe Cactus
Synonyms:  Cassytha baccifera, John M. Miller 1771. Cactus parasiticus, Lam.1783. Rhipsalis cassutha, Gaertn. 1788. Rhipsalis delphinensis, Barthlott 1788. Rhipsalis parasiticus, Haw. 1812. Rhipsalis fasciculata, Haw. 1819. Rhipsalis pendulina, A. Berger 1820. Rhipsalis cereuscula Haw. 1830. Hariota cassytha Lem. 1839. Rhipsalis horrida Baker 1884. Rhipsalis prismatica, Rumpler 1885. Rhipsalis madagascariensis, F.A.C. Weber 1889. Rhipsalis comorensis, F.A.C. Weber 1890. Rhipsalis pilosa, F.A.C. Weber ex K. Schum. 1890. Rhipsalis suareziana, F.A.C. Weber 1892. Rhipsalis tetragona, Web. 1892. Rhipsalis bartlettii, Clover 1938. Rhipsalis heptagona, Rauh & Backeb. 1957. Rhipsalis coralloides, Rauh 1962. Rhipsalis saxicola, Rauh 1963. Rhipsalis bermejensis, F. Ritter 1966. Rhipsalis mauritiana, Barthlott 1973.

All plants from Oribi Gorge, South Africa.

   This member of the Cactaceae family was described by William Thomas Stearn in 1939 (and by a lot of others before and after!). It is found in central Americas, southern Africa, Madagascar, east Sri Lanka and probably other places. It grows in grit, between rocks and as an epiphyte with little water and some sun. It is the only native cacti outside the Americas. Probably spread by birds because of the white fruits have sticky pulp and tiny seeds. The branches are 3-4 millimetres in diameter, and can reach for 60 centimetres. Some subspecies has no thorns, others have lots of small thorns. The flowers are crème coloured.

baccifera means sticks-making.

SubFamily: Cactoideae , Tribe: Rhipsalideae  

Except from this one, which is from northern Madagascar.