Rhipsalis cereuscula var. rubrodisca (Lofgren) Cast.
Treated as a synonym of R. cereuscula by B&T in Bradleya 13

Desc from Backeberg 1977

  • Body. shrubby-bushy, mostly hanging, to c. 60 cm long;
  • Long shoots 20-30 cm long., 3-4 mm thick, dark green ;
  • Short shoots dense, spiralled or in whorls each of a few shoots, elliptic or shortly cylindric, 4-5-angled, 1-3 cm long, light green;
  • Areoles. sparsely felty, with 2-4 short white bristles;
  • Flowers. subapical, rarely paired, bellshaped, ca.1.5 cm long., ca 1 cm diam. white;
  • Disc red
  • Ovary. red, without scales;
  • Anther base red
  • Fruit . obconical, white.

Habitat Brazil (Sao Paulo, near Caldas)

Rhipsalis saglionis Lem. var. rubrodiscus v. n. Loefgren Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 1: 80. 1915

Habitus et habitat ut in typo. Flos minora, discus, ovario et basi filamenta rubri.

Translated by Peter Krebs 12/2003
Habit and habitat as in the type. With smaller flowers; disc, ovary, and base of filaments red.

From Caldas we received this new variety, which, as long as it did not flower, we took for Rh. saglionis. When the flowers had appeared, we immediately could see that in spite of the perfect resemblance, it could not be the type. Mainly it differs by the size of the flower, which only reaches half the size or 7 - 8 mm; the petals appear more white as those of the type due to the contrast with the red ovary and the receptacle of the same colour, yet, the petals have the same silky sheen and the same form. The stamens are equal as well, except that the base of the filaments is red as the receptacle, which is never the case with the type of the species. Both are cultivated in the Botanical Garden of S. Paulo.