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Hatiora salicornioides (Dancing Bones)


Scientific Name

Hatiora salicornioides (Haw.) Britton & Rose

Common Names

Dancing Bones, Dancing Bones Cactus, Drunkard's Dream, Spice Cactus, Bottle Cactus


Rhipsalis salicornioides (basionym)

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Hatiora


Hatiora salicornioides is a slender, erect, arching or somewhat pendent, bushy, cactus, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. A stem consists of smaller segments, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. The flowers are small, bell-shaped, orange yellow in color, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and in diameter.

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How to Grow and Care

Hatiora thrives best in indirect light with exposure to morning and evening sun. Hatioras prefers spring, summer, and fall temperatures around 75-80 °F (24-27 °C). Winter temperatures should be between 45-65 °F (7-18 °C) only. It prefers a well drained soil. Cactus or epiphytic compost works well. It can be propagated easily through cuttings that can root immediately in soil. Hatiora likes long nights of about 14 hours. Cover the plant with a paper bag to shut out sunlight. Try not to reposition the plant once flower buds appear, as these could fall off during any movement. It needs a month's rest after flowering, so water sparingly during this period. Hatioras prefers fertilization every 14 days. Use a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer, and dilute to half strength. Do not fertilize during resting period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Hatiora


Endemic to Brazil.


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