Plant ID forum: Rhipsalis?

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Oct 16, 2014 11:32 PM CST

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Wanted to see if I can get an ID as to which Rhipsalis this could be.

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Ursula
Oct 17, 2014 6:57 AM CST
I have this Rhipsalis too. I just went to check the tag, it must have fallen out over the Summer outside, and I can't recall the name. I will be watching this thread!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2014 10:21 AM CST
I have a few Rhipsalis and that one looks familiar ... none of my tags are still intact but let me look through my photo files and see if I can find it.
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2014 10:27 AM CST
I'm so bad at comparing photo's. Do you think it could be: Dancing Bones Cactus (Hatiora salicornioides) which was formerly called Rhipsalis salicornioides.

Many Rhipsalis get real red when grown in high light/sun.
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purpleinopp
Oct 17, 2014 10:27 AM CST
There are so many Rhipsalis that look so similar, I'd start with pilocarpa and baccifera. Are there any pics of it with blooms or fruit?

Definitely not E. tirucalli.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 17, 2014 10:35 AM CST
For comparison:

Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis pilocarpa)
R. pilocarpa: http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Rhipsalis&species=piloca...

No pic's of R. baccifera in the ATP database but I found these when googling, enlarge photo's for a better view:

R. baccifera:
http://www.rhipsalis.com/species/baccifera.htm
http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Rhipsalis&species=baccif...
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?speci...
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Oct 21, 2014 9:01 AM CST

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I am not sure but I don't think it looks like any of those.
Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis pilocarpa) looks too 'hairy', same for Rhipsalis baccifera.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 21, 2014 5:18 PM CST
It resembles Rhipsalis grandiflora , which has a half dozen synonyms, but blooms white, is fairly smooth and turns shades of red with sun exposure.

http://rhipsalis.net/species/rhipsalis-grandiflora/

this link lists synonyms

http://cactiguide.com/ipni_name_data/?genus=Rhipsalis&specie...
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plantladylin
Oct 21, 2014 5:30 PM CST
I have Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis grandiflora) and maybe that's the one I was thinking of originally. I'll have to go outside tomorrow and take a close look at it and get some more photos. I've had the plant since 2007 or 2008 and it's always been hanging in shade. I think I will move it to a sunnier spot to see how red it gets. These are old photo's from five or six years ago that I've cropped for a better view of the stems/branches and blooms.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 21, 2014 5:47 PM CST
Hi Lin.
I remembered an article by Geoff Stein that showed an R grandiflora growing out in the ground. It had lovely rosy tinge to it.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1918/
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Oct 21, 2014 6:57 PM CST

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Oh yes, now I really think that does look like Rhipsalis grandiflora, thank you Jean!

If there are no objections, I think I will move it over to that entry. If there are ever any additional input to suggest something different, it can always be moved again. Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 21, 2014 10:53 PM CST
You are most welcome Sue. With all the changes in plant taxonomy and the wealth of new info access, it gets hard to keep up with who is named what. Smiling
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Calif_Sue
Oct 21, 2014 11:18 PM CST

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nodding I agree
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2014 7:08 AM CST
Jean, thanks for those links; I used to visit the CactiGuide.com years ago when trying to identify my Rhipsalis plants but I'd not seen the Rhipsalis.net site before. I don't think I ever read that article by Geoff Stein and it is interesting but I tend to disagree with the idea that Rhipsalis tend to be tropical/thirsty plants and aren't very drought tolerant. In my experience they are quite tolerant of dry soil for long, extended periods. I have four or five Rhipsalis plants hanging in a tree behind my deck that rarely get watered and although the humidity is quite high with being right on the edge of the waterway these plants still go very, very dry. To get water to that area I have to drag the hose across one deck, through the long screened porch and out another door to the other deck to be able to reach the plants in that tree ... and then I have to drag the hose back out again. I'm too lazy to do that on a regular basis. *Blush*

I agree, the plant in question definitely appears to be R. grandiflora and should be moved to that location in the database.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 22, 2014 9:59 AM CST
I hear ya Lin...way too much work for a drink of water.. nodding Although, Fla and LA do have higher humidity and more rainfall than CA, which may make all the difference Smiling
Glad the links were useful.
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purpleinopp
Oct 22, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Rhipsalis are from tropical rainforest. Moist is their milieu, but dryer than natural conditions are often necessary to prevent root rot when using potting soil &/or plastic pots.

Anyone who doesn't happen to live in a tropical rainforest, and then puts an plant in a pot, is always starting at a disadvantage when growing plants from there, though in FL you've got the best place to tease everyone - and yourself! Lin, your plants are amazing, in number and appearance!

Just speaking philosophically going forward here, about no particular plant, just the word tolerating (and not saying your particular copy of this plant isn't thriving just because you chose to use the word tolerating)... just curious about the internal discussions people have with self.

If plants are only tolerating, there's room for improvement. If only that was as easy to do as to say. I can't say that all of my plants are thriving, and some that I think are great may not be, should I ever see a 'real one' in a natural setting, possibly some denial about what I really see sometimes, what I think I know about what I see, overly optimistic optimism, perfectly human things to do. I still kill a plant sometimes, though luckily so much more rarely. But I usually still think they look like they're going to pull through until, u know, that day when you admit it's dead. Does anyone else struggle with this? Wondering if they are always being as internally honest as they think they are?

And something as simple as "very dry" leaves a lot of room for interpretation. If 10 people have a button to push when it becomes "very dry," I bet they get pushed at 10 diff times.


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needrain
Oct 22, 2014 1:32 PM CST
LOL! Tiffany! This needs to be it's own thread somewhere. Along with 'tolerating' and 'thriving', there's 'hanging on', 'managing', 'existing' 'adapting' (my favorite!). So many things to question about how a plant is really doing. For instance, I'm always skeptical when I read that a plant prefers to be root bound!!??! That doesn't make sense to me. Being root bound might produce a result the grower likes and wants, but I find it hard to believe it would be the plants' preference. It may be trying to survive by blooming and producing seeds before there is nothing left in the planting median to keep it alive. Maybe the lesson is that more blooms does not mean the plant is performing better than when it has less blooms. Or something. It's like the old rule of thumb about perennials that they need thinning and dividing when they look their best! All too often that's true. They reach that point and then start a backward slide. Blinking
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Oct 22, 2014 1:34 PM CST
I agree and feel guilty for not realizing sooner what distress the plant was experiencing.

I thought I was doing a fair job of caring for my orchids and gingers, curcumas and costus....then I saw them growing in Queensland, Australia.... Sighing!

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