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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, formerly known as Rhipsalis salicornioides, is a bushy cactus with erect, slender, many-branched, arching or somewhat pendent stems that grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) long. A stem consists of smaller, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long segments. The segment has a shape that resembles a club or bottle. Flowers are orange-yellow, bell-shaped, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long.

Hatiora salicornioides (Dancing Bones)

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Hatiora grows in the wild in tropical rain forests of South-Eastern Brazil, as far south as the state of Parana, along the border with Paraguay. Although they grow mostly on tree trunks, they are sometimes found growing on rocky ground. In the wild, Hatiora bloom in spring and will sometimes flower twice in one year.

These cacti thrive best in indirect light with exposure to morning and evening sun. They prefer well-drained soil. Cactus or epiphytic compost works well. Hatiora can be propagated easily through cuttings that can root immediately in soil. It 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hatiora.


Hatiora salicornioides is endemic to Brazil.


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