Plant ID forum: Rhipsalis Species?

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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 24, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Any clue as to what species of rhipsalis this is? Thanks!


Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 24, 2016 7:15 PM CST
I could be wrong, but I think it looks more like a Euphorbia.
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terrafirma
Jul 24, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Ok....maybe I AM wrong... Compare to R. ewaldiana Rhipsalis ewaldiana

maybe?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2016 7:38 PM CST
I have a few Rhipsalis that I've had for a long time but I can never remember which is which ... a few look so much alike to me. If not R. ewaldiana, perhaps
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 24, 2016 9:40 PM CST
Thank you so much Tara, it did look like an ewaldiana at first, but after searching and looking at a ton of pictures, I think I have to go with Lin and say it is a Rhipsalis teres f. prismatica! Thank you both so much!
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Jul 25, 2016 12:11 AM CST

Hatiora salicornioides. aka Dancing Bones. I love this guy.
Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 25, 2016 6:44 AM CST
I definitely know it is some form of rhipsalis because that is what the greenhouse had it labeled as!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2016 8:38 AM CST
Check out the photos of Dancing Bones Cactus (Hatiora salicornioides) for comparison. I used to have that one and would confuse it with one of my Rhipsalis. I'm not certain but I think "Dancing Bones" had thinner stems than the Rhipsalis.
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purpleinopp
Jul 25, 2016 11:32 AM CST
They are synonyms for many species, Hatiora/Rhipsalis/Rhipsalidopsis genus. It looks like R. teres f. prismatica to me too.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 25, 2016 12:39 PM CST
Ohhhh okay makes sense, thank you!(:
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purpleinopp
Jul 25, 2016 4:07 PM CST
Happy to share. That kind of thing is maddening! The synonyms might not all be listed here. If you catch an entry missing a synonym, it can be added. Then when people search for the synonym, they'll find the plant.
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Deebie
Jul 26, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Nope, it's not dancing bones. Like Lin said, that one has thinner stems with bonelike growth. Your plant is a cutie and should fill out nicely.
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Jul 29, 2016 11:13 PM CST
Lindsey, did you get a positive id? Rhipsalis is hard to ID for certain. The good news is I think you can get culture info on any rhipsalis that looks similar to yours, and your plant will be happy.
Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Jun 18, 2017 7:56 AM CST
Hi everyone!

So I am back to questioning this plant's ID! Haha.

I no longer believe that it is Rhipsalis pilocarpa because since then I have bought an actual pilocarpa, and it produced pink hairy fruit at the tips of each stem.

On the other hand, this plant produces little greenish fruit spheres that are not hairy along the stem, not on the tips.

Any clue what it would be now? The puzzle continues. Haha.
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purpleinopp
Jun 19, 2017 5:13 AM CST
Pics?
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jun 19, 2017 6:51 PM CST
I unfortunately already opened up the fruit to save the seeds to plant. Here is a pic online that looks exactly like it though! This website labeled this plant as Rhipsalis baccifera. Thoughts? I'm not sure if multiple Rhipsalis species have these little green fruits or not.

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Name: Lindsey
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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ljones26
Aug 7, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Officially found out what it is! It is a Mistletoe Cactus... I returned to the greenhouse and asked!
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Aug 8, 2017 12:03 AM CST
And Mistletoe Cactus are Rhipsalis. And Rhipsalis is the new name given to many Hatiora.
AND, none of them are a cactus. Rolling on the floor laughing So now that we are all confused and all right as well, don't you love the endless name changes. Some days I just pull out a really old houseplant book, and flip through it remembering the old familiar names, that have been changed at least once.

The simple name Mistletoe Cactus was probably more recognized than either Hatiora or Rhipsalis. I use to be obsessive about having the correct name for all my plants. Not so much any more. Glad you have an id. It's been a very fun plant I have had for years now.
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purpleinopp
Aug 8, 2017 7:34 AM CST
If they meant R. baccifera, by mistletoe cactus, there are pics here to compare:

http://worldofsucculents.com/r...
http://rhipsalis.com/species/b...
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