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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 14 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Yellow
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2019-02-21
Also showes buds
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht

Date: January 9, 2009
Close up view of blooms
Location: Botanical Garden of Utrecht

Date: January 9, 2009
Rhipsalis elliptica
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2019-07-13
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-05-01
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-09-17
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2014-01-20
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-04-16
Infant new foliage is bright red.
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-01-07
Location: Paraty, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-22
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2016-03-21
Rhipsalis elliptica is one of the easiest in the genus to grow
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2008-01-01
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/11/2010
Rhipsalis have a unique branching habit.
Location: My back porch
Date: January 9, 2009
R. elliptica
Location: Home
Date: 2012-01-24
Stem segments with roots
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 9/11/2010
R. 'elliptica' makes an excellent plant for a hanging basket.
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-01-07
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-10-23
Leaves wirh aerial roots, buds, and blooms
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-10-25
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-10-30
Comments:
  • Posted by Deebie (midstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Oct 26, 2016 12:21 PM concerning plant:
    I have had this plant for about 3 years, and I am anxious to see it bloom. I keep mine in morning sun and it seems to like its position. These plants look better if placed outdoors in a shady spot during the summer months. As the weather turns cooler, the leaves take on a reddish tinge. In the shade, the plant's elongated stems remain green. It's fun to grow and easy to care for. This is a jungle cactus and should not be allowed to dry out completely.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Sep 10, 2011 2:59 PM concerning plant:
    Rhipsalis should be rested for 6-8 weeks each fall; keep the soil just barely moist. Propagation can be done by cuttings or, when available, by seed.

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