Rhipsalis novaesii Loefgren, Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 1. 69. 1915. Not Gurke, 1909.

The Loefgren drawing is from O GENERO RHIPSALIS por Alberto Lofgren, Jardim Botanico do Rio De Janeiro, 1915.



Treated as a synonym of Rhipsalis loefgrenii Britton and Rose. Then reduced to synonymy under L. lumbricoides f. lumbricoides by Barthlott and Taylor Bradleya 13.

The description given below is a combination of B & R’s ‘loefgrenii’ and Loefgren’s ‘novaesii’ because they are referring to the same plant!

  • Stems long and slender, rooting freely all along stem, pale green to purple, terete, 3 mm. in
  • Areoles small, subtended by a large scarious bract with appressed hairs in axils when
  • Flowers very numerous, lateral, 12 to 15 mm. long, campanulate;
  • Petals 8 - 10, lanceolate, acute, tip turned out. Higher sepals are green, lower sepals larger than the higher ones, outside is glossy white with green stripe, somewhat pinkish at tip, pale red at base
  • Filaments few, purplish at base;
  • Ovary green
  • Fruit purplish, 5 to 8 mm. in diameter
  • Seeds.small, oblong, brownish, glabrous

Type locality: Near Campinas, Brazil.
Distribution. Brazil
Dr. Rose saw the Loefgren type in the Botanical Garden at Rio de Janeiro and obtained living and herbarium specimens of the plant. Dr. Shafer also obtained living specimens from Loefgren in 1917.

Unfortunately, Loefgren's name was given to another plant by Gurke and for this reason we have renamed it in honor of Dr. Alberto Loefgren (1854-1918), who long studied this genus and published an excellent monograph of it in 1915.

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