Rhipsalis occidentalis Barthlott Rauh 1987

Plants epiphytic, much branched, pendent shrubs to 1 m (3.3 ft) long. Stem segments flat, notched and toothed marginally, narrowly wedge shaped basally, dark green, to 12 cm (4.7 in) long and 6.5 cm (2.6 in) wide. Areoles without bristles or wool. Flowers borne laterally, solitary, white, 9 mm (0.4 in) long, 10 mm (0.4 in) wide. Fruits oblong, white. Distribution: northern Peru, Ecuador, and Suriname.

Rhipsalis olivífera N. P. Taylor & Zappi 1997

Plants epiphytic or lithophytic, semierect to somewhat pendent, freely branching, to 1 m (3.3 ft) long. Stem segments flattened, thick, broadly elliptic to circular, dark green, becoming reddish, with notched and scalloped margins, prominent veins. Areoles with sparse wool. Flowers borne laterally, one to three per areole, yellowish to whitish, to 15 mm (0.6 in) long, 20-25 mm (0.8-1 in) in diameter. Fruits olive shaped. Distribution: Serra dos Órgáos National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rhipsalis ormindoi N. P. Taylor & Zappi 1997

Plants epiphytic, with pendent or arching branches, growth determinate, with composite areoles. Stem segments slender, round in cross section, cylindrical, dichotomous; primary stems elongated, terminal branches usually in whorls of three or four, club shaped, 3-5 cm (1.2-2 in) long, 1-2 mm in diameter, light green. Areoles naked. Flowers borne apically, magenta. Fruits globose, orange. Distribution: Serra dos Órgáos, Reserva Ecológica Municipal de Macaé de Cima, Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rhipsalis pacheco-leonis Loefgren 1918 Lepismium pacheco-leonii (Loefgren) Backeberg 1935 Rhipsalis paradoxa var. catenulata Kimnach 1992, R. pacheco-leonis subsp. catenulata (Kimnach) Barthlott & N. P. Taylor 1995

Plants epiphytic or lithophytic, creeping to pendent, irregularly branching shrubs, growth indeterminate, never whorled. Stem segments variable, round in cross section to angular to cylindrical, with low podaria, with terminal composite areoles rarely developing. Areoles with wool and bristles. Flow-

Rhipsalis Goebeliana

Rhipsalis neves-armondii, photograph by Wilhelm Barthlott

Rhipsalis pachyptera ers borne laterally, rotate, light reddish pink. Fruits spherical, red. Distribution: southern Espirito Santo and throughout much of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Two subspecies are recognized in the variable Rhipsalis pacheco-leonis. Subspecies pacheco-leonis has fairly strongly developed succulence and occurs in southern and eastern Rio de Janeiro. Subspecies catenulata is much less succulent and is from southern Espirito Santo and eastern Rio de Janeiro.

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