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Lymanbensonia crenata (Britton) Doweld in Sukkulenty 4(l-2): 34, 2001 publ. 2002.

Hariota crenata Britton in Bull. Torrey Bot. Club xviii. 35. 1891. Holotype: Bolivia, La Paz, Yungas, 1885, Rusby 2047 (US).


Pfeiffera crenata (Britton) Heath See Hunt in Cact. Syst, Init. 14: 2002

Lepismium crenatum  (Britton) Barthlott, l.c. (1987). Detail from Bradleya 13/1995

Type (Kimnach 1984: 124): Bolivia, La Paz, Yungas, 1885, Rusby 2047 (US, holo.!).

Hariota crenata Britton in Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 18: 35 (1891).

DISTRIBUTION. Bolivia (La Paz): at c. 1800 m alti­tude.


Description from Britton & Rose 1923

Acanthorhipsalis crenata (Britton).

=Hariota crenata  Britton, Bull. Torr. Club 18: 35. 1891. 

  • Branches.lateral, narrowly oblong, very flat, obtuse, 20 to 30 cm. long, 3 to 6 cm. broad, strongly crenate, with a stout central axis;
  • Areoles. between crenations rather large, filled with wool and bearing 3 to 8 spines, these 2 to 4 mm. long;
  • Flowers. red, lateral, small;
  • Berry. 7 mm. in diameter.


Type locality: Yungas, Bolivia.


Distribution: Known only from the type locality.


When first described,,this species was thought to be nearest the Brazilian Rhipsalis platycarpa, which it resembles, but that species has no spines.

Figure 212 is from a photograph of Dr. Rusby's herbarium specimen (No. 2047).


Further detail from Bradleya 18/2000

Lepismium crenatum (Britt.) Barthlott

Range: Small. Endemic to Bolivia, Distribution in Bolivia: Montane rain forests of the Yungas of the La Paz and Cochabamba.

Altitudinal range: 900-2,300 m.

Epiphytism: Obligatory (accidentally saxi­colous).  Hanging shrub, up to 4 m long.

Flowers: Red. Southern winter.

Fruits: Not seen.

Conservation value and status in Bolivia:  not endangered but merits special national attention.


Notes: Quite rare even where it occurs, Apparently favours forests somewhat less humid (but still evergreen) than L. bolivianum and L. asuntapatense, and may be limited to a narrow ecological transition zone between semi-evergreen and perhumid montane forests, suggesting a limited and very fragmented distribution. Recently found in Cochabamba (E. Aguilar in the Yungas of Cochabamba nearby Tablas Monte; Kimnach 1995), and in the Yungas of La Paz (nearby Coroico; Kirschnek pers. com.). The closely related L. micranthum (Vaupel) Barthlott, known only from the Sandia valley, Peru, about 50 km from Bolivia, might occur in Andean valleys in the westernmost Department of La Paz.

Use potential, Ornamental potential.

Specimens: La Paz: Prov. Sud Yungas, 39 de La Plazuela a La Paz, 16°38'S, 67°34'W, 2,300 m, 22.9.1995, Kessler 5663 (LPB, GOET); Prov. F. Tamayo, Cerro Yanomayo, l4°24'S, 68°28'W, 1,100m, Helme 140 (LPB).


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