Rhipsalis baccifera

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Mistletoe Cactus


Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Often grown by enthusiasts in hanging baskets or coconuts. Grows naturally on trees. Grows in organic soil or in coconut husks.
Propagation:Can be propagated from fragments or seeds.
Availability:Friends, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Epiphytic (growing on trees)
Soil pH:


Native Habitats:Found naturally on coastal berms and rockland hammocks. Suitable for planting in the subtropical Florida.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This species is listed as Endangered in Florida. There was a reported sighting of it in Everglades National Park just before Hurricane Andrew (1992) by Roger Hammer and Jennifer Possley. Afterward, no plants were found. Dr. Frank Craighead was reported to have rescued parts of the plant and given it to a few friends for safekeeping. The plant has found its way into limited propagation but is rarely available for sale.  The species is not rare in the American tropics.