Family:
Cactaceae Juss.

Rhipsalis Gaertn.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America, Tropical & S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka.

[FZ]

Cactaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Epiphytes, mostly pendent from trees, sometimes producing adventitious roots on the angled cylindrical stems.
Morphology General Areoles
Areoles very small, with deciduous setae.
Morphology Leaves Scale leaves
Leaves absent or reduced to minute scales.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers lateral, small; perianth segments (5)8–13, the outermost 3–5 small, unequal, ± succulent, greenish, the inner 5–8 up to 3 mm. long, translucent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit mucilaginous, white, yellow or pink, naked or with a few scales.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds carunculate, with viscid endosperm.

[FTEA]

Cactaceae, R. Hunt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Mostly epiphytes
Morphology Stem
Stems cylindric, angled or flattened
Morphology General Areoles
Areoles very small, slightly woolly, with hairs or bristles in some species
Morphology Leaves Scale leaves
Leaves absent or reduced to minute scales
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually solitary, sessile, small; perianth-segments 5–12
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit white or coloured, naked or with a few scales
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds carunculate, with viscid endosperm.

Native to:

Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Cayman Is., Central African Repu, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Réunion, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is., Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Rhipsalis Gaertn. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
73694.000 No
Harley, R.M. [26400], Bahia 77126.000 No
Miyagi, P.J. [232], Brazil K000100141 Yes

First published in Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 137 (1788)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 581.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Fruct. 1: 137 (1788) nom. conserv.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fruct. Sem. 1: 137 (1788), nom. conserv.

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0