L. marnieranum Backberg. Descr. Cact. Nov. III: 7.1963.

Reduced to synonymy under Rhipsalis dissimilis f.dissimilis by B&T Bradleya 13

Desc from Backeberg 1977

  • Body laxly branching, erect at first, later ± arching; shoots dimorphic, in juvenile plants c. 5-6 mm Æ, with 5 low slender angles, areoles crowded, with several erect to appressed white bristles to 1 cm long later shoots c. 1-2 cm Æ, subterete at first, then 3~4-angled, these angles sometimes slightly offset and somewhat prominent towards the areole;
  • Young shoots more bluish-green, older ones more dirty olive-green;
  • Areoles on young shoots short and weakly felty, with small red scales, those on older shoots stout, with dense projecting tufts of wool to over 1 cm long., at most with solitary bristle;
  • Flower concolorous white, l (- l..75) cm Æ, often paired or in threes, with the ovary sunken;
  • Petals. crowded, obtuse, c. 5 mm broad;
  • Fruit carmine-pink, subspherical, with dried floral remains;
  • Seeds 1 mm long., glossy, black, boat-shaped.


A very characteristic species of which the origin remains unknown. It has been shown by experiments with seed-sowing at the Botanical Garden “Les Cedres" that the plants come true from seed.

Photos copyright KAF 12-07


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