R. cribrata

Note from Bradleya 13, 1995 under Rhipsalis campos-portoana

The oldest name for this orange-fruited species may be R. cribrata (Lemaire) N.E. Brown (Hariota cribrata Lemaire in Ill. Hort. 4, misc.:12.1857), but it cannot be properly typified and in the absence of fruit data could also apply to the very similar R. burchellii Britton & Rose and R. juengeri sp. nov. Schumann (1890: 277-278) misapplied Lemaire's name to a form of R. cereuscula, while later authors used it for forms of what is now known as R. teres, and thus it seems best to abandon it as a source of uncer­tainty and confusion.


Detail from B&R 1923

10. Rhipsalis cribrata (Lemaire) Rumpler in Forster, Handb. Cact. ed. 2. 889. 1885.

Hariota cribrata Lemaire, Illustr. Hort.4: Misc. 12. 1817.

Rhipsalis pendula Vochting, Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. Leipzig 9: 371. 1873. Not Pfeiffer, 1837.

Rhipsalis penduliflora N. E. Brown, Gard. Chron. II. 7: 716. 1877.

Hariota penduliflora Kuntze, Rev. Gen. Pl. 1: 263. 1891 .

Rhipsalis cribrata filiformis Engelhardt in Mollers, Deutsche Gart. Zeit. 18: 585. 1903.

Woody at base, much branched; branches of two forms; stems terete, elongated, at first erect, then hanging, without aerial roots; terminal branches very short, 2 to 3 cm. long, usually in whorls of 2 to 20; areoles small, often with 1 or 2 small setae; flowers generally terminal, pendulous, white or cream-colored, 8 to 10 mm. long; petals usually 5 to 7, obtuse, drying yellow; filaments erect, numerous, white, salmon-colored at base; style white; stigma-lobes 3 or 4, spreading, white; ovary naked; fruit small, globose, 2 to 3 mm. in diameter, pinkish, terminated by the old perianth.

Type locality: Brazil.

Distribution: States of Minas Geraes, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, BraziI.


This species was introduced into Europe in 1856 from Brazil, as some of the other species have been, through sendings of orchids, where it was discovered by Lemaire, and when it flowered the following year it was named and described by him.


Hariota penduliflora (Monatsschr. Kakteenk. l: 69. 1891) is listed but not described.

Rhipsalis penduliflora laxa, referred to by Schumann (Martius, Fl. Bras. 276. 1890), comes from the gardens at Kew.


Illustrations: Mollers Deutsche Gart. Zeit. 18: 585, as Rhipsalis cribrata filiformis; Bluhende Kakteen 1: pl. 27, A; Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio Janeiro 1: pl. 9, as R. penduliflora.

Plate XXIII, figure 3, shows a fruiting branch collected by Dr. Rose in Rio de Janeiro in 1915; plate XXVI, figure 1, shows a flowering branch obtained by Dr. Rose in Rio de Janeiro.


 From Löfgren in Arch. do Jard. Bot. do Rio de Jan. 1: 81. 1915

15.- Rhipsalis cribrata FORST. (Illustration 10).


Först Rümpl. Handb. Cact. 889. V. Sch. Fl. B. IV II. 278

Hariota cribrata Lem. ex Först. Rümpl. l. c.

? Rhipsalis pendula Vocht. Pringsh. Jahrb. IX 39.


Ramosissima, ramis macro et brachycladis, filiformis, dichotomis vel verticillatis; areolis minutis in ramis novellis et terminalis lanatis, haud setulosis, floribus subterminalibus, campanulatis albis, majusculis; bacca turbinata, claro-roseo-alba.  


  • Plant pendulous, branched. The primary branches up to 60 cm long and 3 mm. diameter, the secondary branches 10-20 cm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, dichotomous or 3 in a whorl, mostly 2.5-6 cm. long and 1-2 mm. wide, then 3-4 whorls, lightly club shaped, clear green even becoming purplish.
  • Areols are small with little wool, this being  more abundant in the terminal areole. Sometimes the areoles and the joints have roots inserted.
  • Flowers subterminal, numerous, large, up to 1.5 cm. long, white, campanulate.
  • Perigonal leaves (tepals) 14, scale-like to sublanceolate, light rose in the outer ones, shiny  silk, the inner ones being  more oblong and obtuse, a little reflexed.
  • Stamens are numerous, white, base light orange, white anthers.
  • Style long, but not exserted, with 5-radial stigmas, lobes white, reflexed.
  • Berry turbinate, nearly cup-shaped, with blunt apex, crimson. (Latin = clear whitish pink!)

 Several authors, like Lindberg, Schumann and Weber link this species with Rh. penduliflora distinguished only by the large inflorescence, and this may be the reason  because Dr Schumann  excluded it in his monograph. We didn't notice this great similarity and as we have been having both species in cultivation, we included this species in the Brazilian species.


Quite rare, this is from the Serro do Mar to the mountains of Caldas. It was in cultivation in  the São Paulo Botanical Gardens.



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