1. Family: Cactaceae Juss.
    1. Rhipsalis Gaertn.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America, Tropical & S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka.

    [FZ]

    Cactaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Epiphytes, mostly pendent from trees, sometimes producing adventitious roots on the angled cylindrical stems.
    Areoles
    Areoles very small, with deciduous setae.
    Scale leaves
    Leaves absent or reduced to minute scales.
    Flowers
    Flowers lateral, small; perianth segments (5)8–13, the outermost 3–5 small, unequal, ± succulent, greenish, the inner 5–8 up to 3 mm. long, translucent.
    Fruits
    Fruit mucilaginous, white, yellow or pink, naked or with a few scales.
    Seeds
    Seeds carunculate, with viscid endosperm.
    [FTEA]

    Cactaceae, R. Hunt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Habit
    Mostly epiphytes
    Stem
    Stems cylindric, angled or flattened
    Areoles
    Areoles very small, slightly woolly, with hairs or bristles in some species
    Scale leaves
    Leaves absent or reduced to minute scales
    Flowers
    Flowers usually solitary, sessile, small; perianth-segments 5–12
    Fruits
    Fruit white or coloured, naked or with a few scales
    Seeds
    Seeds carunculate, with viscid endosperm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Cayman Is., Central African Repu, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Réunion, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is., Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Rhipsalis Gaertn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    73694.000
    Harley, R.M. [26400], Bahia 77126.000
    Miyagi, P.J. [232], Brazil K000100141

    First published in Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 137 (1788)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 2: 581.
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Fruct. 1: 137 (1788) nom. conserv.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fruct. Sem. 1: 137 (1788), nom. conserv.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

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