Rhipsalis pulchra Lofgren, Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 1: 75 - 76, tab 5 (1915).
Desc from B&R 1923
- stems much branched, often pendent;
Type Locality Serra da Mantiquerira, Brazil.
Notes from Bradleya 3
DISTRIBUTION. Brazil (Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo): epiphyte or lithophyte in perhumid cloud forest, at 1500-2400 m altitude
This little-known species, which Daniela Zappi has recently-introduced to cultivation in Europe, may provide a connection between Lepismium Subg. Ophiorhipsalis and Rhipsalis Subg. Erythrorhipsalis. Its flowers are borne either terminally and/or laterally, but are always directed downwards and very strongly resemble those of R. burchellii and R. campos-portoana --the reason for it being provisionally placed in this subgenus. Its vegetative habit, however, is atypical within Subg. Erythrorhipsalis and agrees better with R. puniceodiscus and R. hoelleri (Subg. Calamorhipsalis), which share its limp stem-segments of indeterminate growth, subacrotonic branching and lack of terminal composite areoles.
In European living collections, the name R. pulchra has been, until now, generally misapplied to other species, amongst them R. pacheco-leonis Lofgren.
Desc from Hunt