Rhipsalis

▪ plant genus
 cactus genus of about 50 species, family Cactaceae, native to tropical and subtropical America, West Indies, Africa, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. Rhipsalis is the only Old World representative of the cactus family. Theories proposed to account for this puzzling distribution include: (1) dispersal of the genus at an earlier geologic period when South America and Africa were joined; (2) transportation of the sticky seeds on the feet of birds; (3) floating and rafting long distances; and (4) dispersal by human agency. Animal or human agency seems most likely.

      These small, much-branched plants usually grow perched upon trees; some species grow among rocks or in the ground.

      Rhipsalis species are cultivated as much for their strange form as for their small but numerous flowers. After flowering, they produce small, fleshy, translucent berries.

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  • Rhipsălis — Gärtn., Gattung der Kaktazeen, sehr mannigfach gestaltete, gegliederte Pflanzen mit zylindrischen oder blattartig flachen Ästen, kleinen kahlen oder filzigen Areolen, aus denen zuweilen kleine Borsten, selten Stacheln hervortreten, in der Jugend… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Rhipsalis — Rhipsălis Gaertn., Rutenkaktus, Pflanzengattg. der Kakteen, epiphytisch lebende, fleischige Sträucher des trop. Amerika; einige Arten Warmhauspflanzen. R. paradoxa L. [Abb. 1503], mit hängenden, aus dreiflügeligen abwechselnd gestellten Gliedern… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Rhipsalis —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Rhipsalidopsis. Rhipsalis …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Rhipsalis — ID 70960 Symbol Key RHIPS Common Name rhipsalis Family Cactaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity N/A US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution FL, PR, VI Growth Habit N/A …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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