5416.000 Rhipsalis Gaertn.

Description of the genus

Epiphyte (rarely a lithophyte) on trees. Stems green, cylindric with articulated whorled branches up to 1 m. Leaves 0 or reduced to minute scales. Young plants bear areoles subtended by minute scales with tufted bristles. Flowers lateral, white or greenish-white; perianth segments 8-13, the outermost 3-5 small, unequal, ± succulent, greenish, the inner 5-8 translucent. Fruit mucilaginous, white, yellow or pink. Seeds with a caruncle, black and glossy (in ours).

Derivation of name: from the Greek for wicker work, reffering to the long, thin, interlacing branches chacteristic of many species in this genus.

Worldwide: c. 60 species; all but one confined to tropical and subtropical America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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cereuscula Haw.

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Flora of Malawi: Rhipsalis
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rhipsalis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rhipsalis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhipsalis
Wikipedia: Rhipsalis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhipsalis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rhipsalis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Rhipsalis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=992, retrieved 27 November 2022

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