Cactus and Succulents forum: Sometimes, I just don't want to use the scientific name, OK...................

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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Oct 19, 2017 10:32 PM CST
I know I should not use common names, like Drunkards Dream. But I really would like to, just this once. My plant has issues with it's name. And it's a problem. Crying
I found it's id was long, and conflicting and recently changed. Here is an example.

" Hatiora salicornioides, Rhipsalis 'Drunkard's Dream', Cactus salicornioides, Hariota salicornioides, Cactus lyratus, Hariota villigera, Rhipsalis villigera, Hariota bambusoides, Rhipsalis bambusoides, H. bambusoides, H. cylindrica" HUH.
So.........I tried to slip by with just calling it Drunkards Dream, suspecting this would probably end badly.
Sure enough, the 2nd or 3rd reply is a lecture to inform us of the importance of using the scientific name. D'Oh!
And it's true. I know. I agree. But please let's not get into it on this plant. Rolling my eyes.
Too Late, We are now in botany 101.
The naming of the plant begins, someone proudly offers up Rhipsalis, which is quickly corrected to Hatiora. My question is officially in the weeds by now. After the debate, we have a seminar regarding facts pertaining to the plants genus, and how changes come about. We learn about the man who discovered the plant in 1868, and where he was born, and where he was buried; what time he got up in the morning, and that he liked salt. It's all very interesting and informative. It's just not what I was looking for. :rofl:
This happened.
So please, does any one have tips for me for growing Drunkards Dream.
My plant needs your help. Thumbs up

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Oct 20, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Jungle epiphytes all like the same things, moderate light, moist, loose, chunky soil with plenty of air in it. Replicate as closely as you can having been caught in the joint of a tree in a rainforest. An unglazed clay pot can go a long way toward moderating the negative effects of soil with less oxygen in it.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 20, 2017 2:31 PM CST
You can call your plant whatever you want but do make note of the scientific name in case you need it somewhere down the line. Too many plants have the same common name.

A lot of formerly Rhipsalis have been reclassified into Hatiora. Hariota is a synonym. I decided a long time ago not to re-label everytime there is a name change. My excuse is that my plants will suffer a great deal of anxiety if they have to constantly learn new names.

My formerly Rhipsalis Smiling is planted in orchid bark, hangs with the orchids and gets watered with the orchids.
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