Rhipsalis clavata forma delicatula (Lofgren) Barthlott and N.P. Taylor
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Rhipsalis clavata var. delicatula
Rose cited R. clavata var. delicatula Lofgren from an illustration in Lofgren (1918), but did not recognize the species as a variety, at least he did not report it as such. Backeberg later recognized it, but failed to list a source for his information. The only first-hand study of the plant was done by Lofgren and variety delicatula does not seem to have been discussed in print beyond Lofgren. One wonders about the existance of the variety at all. Barthlott (1977b) reported a supposed specimen in cultivation, but noted that there was "little difference between it and the type." In the late 1970s, then, this so-called variety appeared highly suspicious. The drawing here is from "Archivos do Jardim Botanico do Rio De Janeiro," Rio de Janeiro, 1917. All stem segments of this are more slender and delicate than in the homotypic form, but its occurrence appears to be random.
(L) R. clavata forma delicatula (copyright KAF, Kew 2006) (R) Above: Copyright Ken Friedman
Above: Copyright Ken Friedman
Drawing from Archivos do Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro VOl II, 1918