Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Lepismium monacanthum

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Justin
Apr 21, 2014 2:28 PM CST
synonym Acanthorhipsalis monacantha, ...

A young plant. It suffered a little during the winter. During freezing I kept her protected in the gardening tool shed. But it made ​​two flowers.
All pictures were taken yesterday, April 20, 2014, except one (mentioned below).

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The flower is open just one day

Yesterday the first flower was gone and closed:
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Second flower.
Unopened flower bud (of second flower) (this photo is take on 18 April, 2014)
The flower open (second flower)
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Dutchlady1
Apr 21, 2014 3:08 PM CST
Great job Justin; I hope you will add your pictures to the database.
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SongofJoy
Apr 21, 2014 4:12 PM CST
Nice photos, Justin. Very interesting subject. Thumbs up
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Plantomaniac08
Apr 21, 2014 7:04 PM CST
They look so dainty. I almost want to eat them. Very nice specimen, thanks for sharing.

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sheryl
Apr 22, 2014 1:15 PM CST
LOL, Planto - I hope you don't feel that way about other dainty things.....

Really nice plant - I'm not at all familiar with it. It looks like a Stapelia but the name sounds like Rhipsalis.... Blinking Confused

And quite pretty fleurs!
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Plantomaniac08
Apr 22, 2014 1:29 PM CST
Lol Sheryl. What I should of said was that Justin's flowers (and Hoya flowers now that I think about it ) kind of look like candy. A very dainty piece of candy that I'd like to eat.

I looked up Lepismium and apparently Lepismium and Rhipsalis fall under the same "Tribe" (I didn't know there was such a thing as "Tribe"): Rhipsalideae. They are in different Genera though. So, they're related essentially. Interesting to know!

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Justin
Apr 22, 2014 9:48 PM CST
Yes, Lepismium and Rhipsalis are close relatives, both with many epiphyte species.
A photo of Lepismium monacanthum in a tree here:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pfeiffera_monacantha1...
Lepismium monacanthum is native in South America (Southeast Bolivia and Northwest Argentina)
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Deebie
May 2, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Is this plant the same as acanthorhipsalis monacantha? Or, are they 2 different plants?
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Justin
May 3, 2014 9:02 PM CST
Deebie said:Is this plant the same as acanthorhipsalis monacantha? Or, are they 2 different plants?

Yes, the same plant. Acanthorhipsalis monacantha is synonim for Lepismium monacanthum.

When a plant is reclassified into another genus the rule requires keeping the same second word in the binomial names.
But at the same time the rule requires the according of the epithet (the second word in the binomial name), with generic name (first word of the binomial name).
monacantha is the feminine form of the word and monacanthum is the masculine form. (rule of Latin language).
Monacantha originated in Greek. "Monos" - one , and "akantha" - spine.
So, monacantha, monachantos = one spin. Description suggested by the epithet "one spine" is more or less accurate.

(I am not sure if the word 'generic', used above, it is correct in English. I used it here, with the meaning of the word who show the genus where the plant is classified.)

This cactus like other cacti and many other plants have many synonims.
Other synonims for Lepismium monacanthum: Rhipsalis monacantha, Pfeiffera monacantha, Acanthorhipsalis incahuasina, Pfeiffera incahuasina, Pfeiffera monacantha
In fact the correct, full name of this plant it is
Lepismium monacanthum ( Griseb. ) Barthlott - Bradleya 5: 99. 1987
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SongofJoy
May 4, 2014 6:38 AM CST
Excellent explanation, Justin. Thumbs up
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May 4, 2014 6:37 PM CST
Thanks, Justin. I'm going to change the name on my label and records.

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