Rhipsalis salicornioides

Rhipsalis salicornioides
Rhipsalis salicornioides
Rhipsalis salicornioides with many buds and a few open flowers.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Rhipsalis
Species: R. salicornioides
Binomial name
Rhipsalis salicornioides

Rhipsalis salicornioides (also called Hatiora salicornioides, Dancing Bones Cactus, Drunkard's Dream, Spice Cactus) is originally a forest cactus, growing as epiphytes at elevations between 0 and 1850 meters in Brazil. It is sometimes grown both indoors and outdoors as an ornamental.

The plant is made of many-branched stems that are up to 60 cm in length. A stem consists of smaller segments with a length of up to 3 cm. The segment has a shape that resemble a bottle. The contorted stems may account for the common names "Dancing Bones Cactus" and "Drunkard's Dream", or the bottle shape of the segments may account for the latter.



Rhipsalis salicornioides has small deep yellow flowers that develop to translucent berries with a reddish end.


Other Latin names for Rhipsalis salicornioides are: Hatiora salicornioides var. stricta, Hariota stricta, Hariota salicornioides var. villigera, Hariota villigera, Rhipsalis villigera, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. villigera, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. stricta, Hatiora salicornioides var. villigera, Rhipsalis stricta, Rhipsalis bambusoides, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. bambusoides, Hariota bambusoides, Hatiora bambusoides, Hariota salicornioides var. bambusoides.

Uncertain synonym for Rhipsalis salicornioides: Rhipsalis teres.

The generic name Hatiora is an anagram of Hariota, honoring Thomas Hariot, an English scientist, historian, and mentor of Sir Walter Raleigh.calhortsociety.org. The species name salicornoides comes from its shape similar to Salicornia.

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