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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhipsalis baccifera

(J.S.Muell.) Stearn

Cactaceae

+ Synonyms

Cactus caripensis Kunth

Cactus parasiticus Lam.

Cactus pendulus Sw.

Cassytha baccifera J.S. Muell.

Cassytha baccifera Mill. ex DC.

Cereus caripensis (Kunth) DC.

Hariota cassytha Lem.

Rhipsalis bartlettii Clover

Rhipsalis bermejensis F. Ritter

Rhipsalis cassutha Gaertn.

Rhipsalis cassytha Gaertn.

Rhipsalis cereuscula Haw.

Rhipsalis comorensis F.A.C. Weber

Rhipsalis coralloides Rauh

Rhipsalis delphinensis Barthlott

Rhipsalis fasciculata (Willd.) Haw.

Rhipsalis heptagona Rauh & Backeb.

Rhipsalis horrida Baker

Rhipsalis madagascariensis F.A.C. Weber

Rhipsalis mauritiana (DC.) Barthlott

Rhipsalis minutiflora K. Schum.

Rhipsalis parasitica (Lam.) Haw.

Rhipsalis parasiticus Haw.

Rhipsalis pendulina A. Berger

Rhipsalis pilosa F.A.C. Weber ex K. Schum.

Rhipsalis prismatica (Lem.) Rumpler

Rhipsalis saxicola Rauh

Rhipsalis shaferi Britton & Rose

Rhipsalis suareziana F.A.C. Weber

Rhipsalis tetragona Web.

Common Name:

Rhipsalis baccifera
Growing as an epiphyte i=on a tree branch
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Rhipsalis baccifera is an evergreen but leafless, succulent, epiphytic plant with hanging stems up to 1.8 metres long. Although a member of the cactus family, it has a very different appearence and is usually spineless[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is often grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
529
Title
The Cactaceae
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L. & Rose J.N.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
The Carnegie Institution of Washington; Washington.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
An immense work in 4 volumes. Many of the botanical names are out of date, of course, but the book contains a wealth of information about the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Argentina through to Mexico and Florida; Caribbean; Africa - Sierra Leone to Kenya, south to S. Africa; Madagascar, Mauritius, Sri Lanka.

Habitat

Found mostly in rather wet areas, mainly on the trunks and branches of trees or shrubs; also occasionally found on rocks; at elevations from 150 - 1,500 metres in Jamaica[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Found at low to moderate elevations in the moist tropics[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
]. Plants are not tolerant of frost[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].
Prefers a position in light to moderate shade[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Requires a pH below 6[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].
The fruit is produced in great profusion[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Soft, sweet and juicy, like small grapes[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The globose fruit is 5 - 8mm in diameter[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Medicinal

The stem is crushed and used with the juice of Lonchocarpus chrysophyllus to treat the bites of coral snakes (Micrurus sp.)[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. It is used with Philodendron sp. to soothe the wounds of venomous stingrays (Potamotrygon sp.), placed in a cataplasm of the peeled stem[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The whole plant is used as an ingredient in a curative herbal bath[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]..

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings root in 2 to 6 weeks depending on the season[
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
].

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