Hatiora salicornioides (Haworth) Britton and Rose, Stand. Cycl. Hort. Bailey 3: 1433. (1915). 

salicornioides plant

 

 

 

 

 

Desc from B&R 1923

Plant - stems 1 to 2 meters long with a jointed cylindric trunk;
Branchlets -  club-shaped, the lower part very slender and pedicel-like, 1.5 to 3 cm. long, green or purplish;
Areoles -  of cultivated specimens without setae;

Flowers -  8 to 10 mm. long, salmon-colored;
Outer sepals -  short and obtuse; 
Inner petals -  somewhat crenate, obtuse;
Filaments -   yellowish, at  top appressed against style, shorter than petals; 
Style -  yellowish; stigma-lobes 4 or 5, white.

Type locality; Recorded originally from the West Indies in error.  

The following note was made by Dr. Rose in 1915 while collecting at Rio de Janeiro:

The plant grows on trunks of trees, its roots long and fibrous, 4 dm. long or more and wrapped about the trunk of the tree; at first it is erect, then spreading and finally pendent; it is then a meter longer or more and very much branched; main stem and branches 5 to 10 mm. in diameter, made whorls of 2 to 6. 

forma salicornioides  

DISTRIBUTION Brazil (Bahia?, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana): epilithic and epiphytic in camporupestre, Atlantic and seasonal forest, near sea level to 1850 m altitude.

Desc from Hunt 2006
Body much branched; branches erect or pendent, eventually woody, cylindric; branch segments numerous, clavate, 1.5-5cm x 3-5mm, arising in whorls of 2-6, typically with neck at base and resembling inverted bottles, in some forms ±cylindric to globose, sometimes bristly; flowers terminal or apical, up to 13 x 10mm, yellow to orange; inner tepals erect to incurved, hiding the stamens; fruit globose, ca 5mm, white

De Candolle in Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 3 : 475-476. 1828
(page 476).
4. R. SALICORNIOIDES (Haw. suppl. p. 83.) erecta ramosa, articulato-prolifer, articulis
brevissimis obclavatis teretibus angulatisque pilis minutissimis apice floriferis, floribus
solitariis. In Amer. calid. Otto et Link abb. t. 49. – Petala 7-10 acuta flava, staminibus
styloque longiora. Bacca ign. Salm-Dyck in litt. (v.v. sine fl.)

English translation

Plant with erect branches, many joints, joints very short, club shaped but joined by the thicker end, tubular, angled, smallest of hairs, flowering at the top, flowers solitary. In tropical America. Petals 7 – 10, acute, yellow, Stamens longer thatn the Style. Fruit unknown.

Treated as H. salicornioides fa. salicornioides by B &T in Bradleya 13

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