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Lepismium houlletianum – Snowdrop Cactus


Scientific Name

Lepismium houlletianum (Lem.) Barthlott

Common Names

Snowdrop Cactus


Rhipsalis houlletiana (basionym), Hariota houlletiana, Acanthorhipsalis houlletiana, Nothorhipsalis houlletiana

Scientific Classification

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


Lepismium houlletianum is an an epiphytic cactus with long flattened notched leaves or stems up to 6 feet (1.8 m) long. Creamy yellow funnel shaped flowers at the edge of the leaves are followed by red to black fruits. It may bloom several times almost in every month of the year depending on growing conditions.

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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.


Native to Brazil and Argentina.


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