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Lepismium cruciforme

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Scientific Name

Lepismium cruciforme (Vell.) Miq.

Synonyms

Cactus cruciformis, Cereus cruciformis, Cereus myosurus, Cereus squamulosus, Cereus tenuis, Cereus tenuispinus, Lepismium cavernosum, Lepismium cruciforme f. myosurus, Rhipsalis cavernosa, Rhipsalis cruciformis, Rhipsalis squamulosa

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Lepismium cruciforme is an epiphytic cactus with long, succulent stems that twist as they grow and small, white, fuzzy thorns that do not hurt along the stems. Plants can become solid pink to almost maroon in full sun. The stems segments are extremely variable, sometimes 3, 4, or even 5-angled, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide. The flowers are white, cream, yellow, pink, or rarely magenta, reddish-brown on the outside and up to 0.5 inch (13 mm) long.

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Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Rhipsalis does not thrive in direct sunlight. Exposure to afternoon sun can burn the leaves, turn them yellow, or lead to spotting. However, without sufficient sunlight, They will not bloom, and its growth can be stunted. Rhipsalis does best with morning sun and full shade in the afternoon.

As Rhipsalis is commonly grown indoors, care must be given to the placement of the plants. They should be kept at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from windows that receive midday or afternoon sun. The glass in the windows can multiply the heat from the sun's rays, causing sunburned leaves. Keep in mind that in its native environment, Rhipsalis is accustomed to receiving light that has been filtered through dense, overhanging tree branches. Picturing this environment can help you adjust your lighting accordingly… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Rhipsalis.

Origin

Native to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

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