R. floccosa ssp oreophila N.P. Taylor & D. Zappi
Rhipsalis floccosa Pfeiffer subsp. oreophila N P
Taylor & Zappi subsp. nova in CCI 3/1997
Desc from Hunt 2006.
Detail from Cacti of Eastern Brazil, 213. 2004
Northern campo rupestre element: epiphytic or epilithic in mata de neblina (capao de mato), campo rupestre, c. 7200-1750 m, Chapada Diamantina and Serra do Espinhaco, Bahia and northern Minas Gerais. Endemic to the core area of Eastern Brazil.
The forms of this species from above 1200 metres in the northern sector
of the East Brazilian Highlands (Chapada Diamantina, BA, and northern
Serra do Espinhaco, MG) have almost perfectly cylindrical stems devoid
of podaria and seem sufficiently distinct to be treated as subspecifically
different from those of the lowland forests and Southeastern campos
rupestres. They have smaller flowers than plants from the latter area,
which are referred to ssp. pulvinigera: