Rhipsalis sp.

Mistletoe Cactus


Rhipsalis sp is an epiphytic (lives in tree branches) cacti found throughout Central America, South America and The Caribbean.  It is the most widely distributed epiphytic cactus and is the only cactus to appear outside of the Americas – naturally occuring in Tropical Africa, Sri Lanka and Madagascar.

There are 35 recognised species, with varying stem shapes, flattened, angular and thin.  Flowers are small to a max of 1cm and all fruits are berries.  An excellent choice for a hanging plant, stems can grow to 2m in length.

To care for a Rhipsalis, provide part to full shade if outdoors and bright light if kept indoors.  They need a warm environment to mimic their tropical origins and a free draining potting mix such as an orchid or cactus mix.  Water in the warmer months, ensuring excellent drainage and only water sparingly in winter.



DimensionsHeight: 0.5 to 2m, Width: 0m
Aspect Full shade, Part shade
OriginCentral America, South America, Tropical Africa
Pests & diseasesNo major problems
Typical sizes140mm, 200mm

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