Rhipsalis baccifera (J. Mill.) Stearn

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Rhipsalis baccifera

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Rhipsalis baccifera

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Rhipsalis baccifera

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At the edge of Leopard Rock Golf Course, Vumba

Rhipsalis baccifera

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Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Rhipsalis baccifera

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Camp site, Chirinda Forest

Rhipsalis baccifera

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Outward Bound School, Chimanimani

Rhipsalis baccifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Outward Bound School, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Hariota parasitica sensu Hiern
Rhipsalis cassytha Gaertn.
Common names: Mistletoe cactus (English)
Frequency: Frequent in appropriate habitats in the E Division
Status: Native
Description:
Much branched succulent epiphyte or occasional lithophyte. Leaves 0 but minute triangular scales are present with or without short stiff bristles. Flowers lateral, small, solitary, white or yellowish. Perianth segments 9-12; outer segments triangular; inner segments oblong. Style thick with 3-5 stigmas. Fruit a spherical berry, 5-8 mm in diameter, pellucid, whitish.
Notes: R. baccifera is the only species of Cactaceae, which is native in Africa. Several other members of this New World family are known as naturalized exotics.
Derivation of specific name: baccifera: bearing berries
Habitat: Growing on trees at the edges of evergreen and riverine forest or in moist Brachystegia woodland on cliff sites.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1550 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Florida, West Indies and parts of Central and South America
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 17 March 2016
Literature:

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Cactaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 506 - 508. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 63.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Rhipsalis baccifera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141210, retrieved 30 August 2016

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