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The ‘Mistletoe Cactus’ – Rhipsalis baccifera – comes from the tropical forests of Central and south America, and the Caribbean.

It is also widespread in tropical areas of Africa and
Sri Lanka …
and is thought to have been brought to these latter areas by birds, or early ships trading between Africa and Central America
(because all cacti originate in America)

It is an epiphyte growing on the branches of trees, under the leaf canopy, and so does best in filtered light or shady conditions.
Therefore I hang it up in a shady place … in a copper pot :o)

:D

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Never seen that one before Hywel, it looks a beauty and isn't it big, you have obviously kept it in the conditions it likes, I can see its hanging in your outside space but do you have to take it indoors if its a bad winter....

2 Feb, 2016

 

Hywel, are those flowers or fruits on the stems?

2 Feb, 2016

 

How unusual, and Lincslass has asked all the questions I was going to ask too :-)

2 Feb, 2016

 

wow

where do you normally keep it ?

2 Feb, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Thats so unusual and new to me I'm waiting to read your replies to the questions Hywel !

2 Feb, 2016

 

Yes I am as well, it looks fascinating, I like the ones that grow downwards like that and you can judge the size of the cauldron by the basket one can see in the pic....

2 Feb, 2016

 

How exciting to have such an unusual plant Hywel.

2 Feb, 2016

 

That is fascinating to see and is a first for me. Look forward to hearing more about it.

2 Feb, 2016

 

what a fabulous specimen Hywel.

2 Feb, 2016

 

Astonishing - at first glance I thought it was a pot of chives....

2 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you all for reading about my cactus :)

Answers :-

In the summer it lives in my covered space outside the back doors, right where it is in the photos.
In winter - in the conservatory (which doesn't get direct sun from Oct to Feb)
I tried taking photos of it indoors but they didn't come out very well, so I put it here for the photo shoot. Then back in the conservatory.
On the stems, they are white berries. The flowers are papery and very small. You can hardly see them (unlike the flowers of the desert cacti)
The plant is quite big. I've had it many years, and I've got another two similar ones.

2 Feb, 2016

 

Ive never seen that one before....the berries look like they are stuck on the stems.

3 Feb, 2016

 

Ah!!! I did wonder if thats what you had done Hywel, I didn't think you would take a chance and leave it out, its a real beauty....

3 Feb, 2016

 

It's really unusual Hywel. The berries look like pearls. How lovely that you have had it for so long too. Where on earth do you get all your smashing plants.

3 Feb, 2016

 

Loved your blog about an unusual plant and all the questions asked and answers you gave about it .

3 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you all for your comments :)

Homebird I bought this one in Wyevale several years ago. It cost £11 ! Beryl said "You might as well buy it - if you don't you'll only be miserable" lol

3 Feb, 2016

 

Hywel it certainly is a fine specimen of a plant - it is very unusual - lovely pictures - Jane

3 Feb, 2016

 

lovely blog Hywel love the plant too.

3 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you both :)

4 Feb, 2016

 

Fantasic plant Hywel so unusual must admit the berries look just like the berries on mistletoe.

4 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you :)

4 Feb, 2016

 

Lol, that is often the answer I have to give Derek if we are shopping together, he'll ask what I think knowing full well he's going to purchase anyway....

5 Feb, 2016

 

It's no good asking someone what they think. They never give the correct answer :D

5 Feb, 2016

 

Merry Christmas, Hywel. :) x

6 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you TT ... and the same to you ;o) x

6 Feb, 2016

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