**** THE GALLERY ****

**** OF THE RHIPSALIS, LEPISMIUM AND PFEIFFERA ****

*****OF MY COLLECTION *****

 

(update : February 2006 ; photos taken from 2002 to 2005)

(update: February 2013: photos taken from 2006 to 2012)

 

For me, Rhipsalis identification has always been a delicate matter, all the more so since some Rhipsalis may be sold, more often than not, under wrong names. Moreover, one Rhipsalis often has several synonymous names, sometimes considered by some people as names of varieties or forms close to the same species.

For instance, on the French grower Henri Kuentz's website , we are told about no less than 26 synonymous names of Lepismium cruciform, often classified in Rhipsalis ; in a word, it's easy to get confused ! And this case of a high number of synonymous names isn't an exception concerning Lepismium and Rhipsalis. On my website, I chose to write the three names under which I bought this plant in different places : Lepismium cruciforme, Lepismium cavernosum and Rhipsalis radicans. In the past I thought I had three different species !

I tried to eliminate as many errors as possible and to correct them, then to write this page by adopting a satisfying classification in my opinion. For these two points, I used the reference website "rhipsalis.com" (link on my page : "debated history of Rhipsalis"), and I adopted the Rhipsalis classification of the excellent monograph written by W. Barthlott and N.P. Taylor, published in 1995 in number 13 issue of the review : Bradleya.

When I wrote the update of 2013, many taxonomic changes had been made, compared to the page of 2006. I took it into account while using first the names adopted by the “New Lexicon Cactus”, a collective book compiled and published in 2006 by David Hunt. I however very often kept track of the old names, not to disrupt too much some readers’ habits.

However I think that some errors still remain concerning my identifications and I would be grateful to any competent person to help me to rectify them without hesitation.

 

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LEPISMIUM of my collection

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Lepismium cruciforme (or Rhipsalis radicans) ................................... L. cavernosum (or L. cruciforme)

stem-segment and areolas .... bloom ...............ripe fruit                                 stem-segment in bloom  

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Lepismium houlletianum f. houlletianum (or Rhipsalis houlletiana f. houlletiana)

young stem-segment ....................... stem-segment in bloom .............................. detail of a bloom

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Lepismium houlletianum f. regnellii (or Rhipsalis houlletiana f. regnellii)

young stem-segment ............ stem-segment in bloom ............ bloom ........... blooms group ............ fruit

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Lepismium warmingianum (or Rhipsalis warmingiana)

stem-segment in bloom ............. not yet ripe fruits ......................... ripe fruits

 

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PFEIFFERA of my collection

 

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...............................................Pfeiffera boliviana ...............................................

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Pfeiffera gracilis (bloom) .............................. Pfeiffera gracilis (unripe fruits) ................. Pfeiffera gracilis (ripe fruits)

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Pfeiffera ianthothele (or Lepismium ianthothele) : blooms then ripe fruits

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Pfeiffera miyagawae (or Lepismium miyagawae or Rhipsalis miyagawae) : buds then blooms

Pfeiffera miyagawae (formerly Lepismium miyagawae or Rhipsalis miyagawae)

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Lepismium monacanthum     (or Acanthorhipsalis or Rhipsalis monacantha)

floral buds .................................. blooms .............................. not yet ripe fruits ........................ ripe fruits

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.............................................. Pfeiffera paranganiensis .................................................

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RHIPSALIS of my collection

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Subgenus of EPALLAGOGONIUM

 

Rhipsalis floccosa ssp. tucumanensis

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Rhipsalis paradoxa ..... Rh. paradoxa ssp. septentrionalis

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Rhipsalis pentaptera ..... Rh. pentaptera

 

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Subgenus of PHYLLARTHRORHIPSALIS

 

When there is no obvious error, I show the photos with the identity of the plants which was communicated to me by the growers ; but I confess to be puzzled by the exact identification of these plants. If anybody can help me, they are most welcome.

 

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Rhipsalis crispata : plant .... Rhipsalis crispata : detail ..... Rhipsalis crispata : bloom

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Rhipsalis crispata (blooms)

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Rhipsalis elliptica

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Rhipsalis micrantha

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Rhipsalis oblonga............................................... R. oblonga var.rulieriana

 

Bloom of Rhipsalis oblonga var. rulieriana

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Rhipsalis pachyptera .......................................... Rhipsalis pachyptera

 

Rhipsalis pachyptera (bloom)

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Rhipsalis robusta

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....... Two photos de Rhipsalis russellii with fruits .......

 

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Subgenus of RHIPSALIS

 

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............... Rhipsalis baccifera (blooms, then unripe fruits) ............

 

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Rhipsalis baccifera (bloom then ripe fruits)............... Rhipsalis baccifera (fruits)

 

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Rhipsalis baccifera (other clone: origin: Antsirabe, Madagascar)

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............... Rhipsalis baccifera (origin: Antsirabe : Madagascar) ...............

N.B. “Rhipsalis baccifera” is in fact a group composed of several species and subspecies. It is the only group which is present both in the New World and the Ancient World.

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..................................... Three photos of Rhipsalis ewaldiana ..............................

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Rhipsalis mesembryanthemoides

 

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Subgenus of ERYTHRORHIPSALIS

 

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Rhipsalis burchellii

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Rhipsalis cereuscula

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Rhipsalis clavata

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Rhipsalis clavata (blooms) ................... Rhipsalis clavata (fruits)

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Rhipsalis cribrata

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Rhipsalis pilocarpa

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Rhipsalis pilocarpa (other clone)

 

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Subgenus of CALAMORHIPSALIS

 

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.................. Rhipsalis neves-armondii ..................

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