Rhipsalis baccifera

mistletoe cactus



Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Flower Color: 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: FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers, Friends
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Epiphytic (growing on trees)


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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other 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 found its way into limited propagation, and is rarely available for sale. Perhaps one of the plants propagated from this rescue will find its way back to the Everglades National Park. The species is not rare in the American tropics.