Rhipsalis  campos-portoana Lofgren in Arch. Jard. Bot.Rio de Janeiro 2:35 - 36 (1918)

Information from Britton and Rose 1923

(L) R. campos-portoana (Univ. of Heidelberg) © K. Friedman (R) R. campos-portoana © D. Butcher

R. campos-portoana from underneath the bell-like flower. (© Ken Friedman)

  • Stem - slender, terete, usually pendent, usually dichotomous; primary branches elongated; terminal branches in 2's or 4's, somewhat clavate, 3 to 5 cm. long
  • Areoles - few, naked
  • Flowers - terminal or usually so, white
  • Petals - about 8, slightly spreading, obtuse, up to 9 mm. long
  • Fruit - globose, 4 mm. in diameter, red
  • Type locality - Serra de Itatiaya, Brazil
  • Distribution - Known only from the type locality.

"This plant was collected by Dr. Rose and Campos Porto in July 1915 (No.20612) and flowered in the Jardin Botanico do Rio de Janeiro in September of that year, and from this the description was drawn. Dr. Rose brought home living specimens but these have not yet flowered."

DISTRIBUTION.- Brazil (S & SE Minas Gerais, SW Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana, E Santa Catarina): epiphyte in Atlantic and cloud forest, to 2300 m altitude.

R. cribrata (Lemaire) N.E. Brown

Note from Bradleya 13

The oldest name for this orange-fruited species may be R. cribrata (Lemaire) N.E. Brown (Hariota cribrata Lemaire in Ill. Hort. 4, misc.:12.1857), but it cannot be properly typified and in the absence of fruit data could also apply to the very similar R. burchellii Britton & Rose and R. juengeri sp. nov. Schumann (1890: 277-278) misapplied Lemaire's name to a form of R. cereuscula, while later authors used it for forms of what is now known as R. teres, and thus it seems best to abandon it as a source of uncertainty and confusion.












 Desc from Hunt 2006.

Body pendant up to 4m, pale green; primary branches about 50cm, reddish only briefly at apex; branch segments naked or with inconspicuous bristles at apex, arising in groups of 2-4, the terminal 2-4cm x 2-2.5mm; flowers like R. burchellii but only ca 1.5 x 1cm; pericarp 3x2mm; stigma 3-4, up to 2.7mm; fruit ovoid to globose, 5-7mm, orange


[ From Löfgren in Arch. do Jard. Bot. do Rio de Jan. 2: 35-36. 1918]


1 -Rhipsalis campos-portoana n. sp. (Illustration VII.)


Caulis declinatus vellonge pendulus, cylindricus articulatus, perfecte glabrus. Articuli dichotomi, vel ultimi 3-4 verticillati, primariis 50 ctms . vel ultra longi, secundarii 15-25 ctms. et celeris gradatim reductis, ultimis 4-5 ctms. longis 2 millim. diametralis, ad articulationes leviter incrassatis. Areolis distantes, squamis primum purpureis demum palaeaceis, late triangularis, seta et lana carentes. Flores lateralibus subterminalis, albo hyalinis; bacca parva, globosa, rubra. Floret mense Setembro-Octobro.



The position of this species is close to Rh. cribrata, in the subgenero Eurhipsalis, from which it differs in thicker branches, nodules in the joints, smaller flowers, with less numbers of tepals and they are never campanulate.


It blooms in the months of September-October and it is in cultivation in the Botanical Garden.

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