Pfeiffera boliviana (Britton) D.R.Hunt
Lepismium bolivianum, Rhipsalis boliviana, Hariota boliviana, Nothorhipsalis boliviana
Pfeiffera boliviana, also known as Lepismium bolivianum or Rhipsalis boliviana, is an epiphytic cactus that grows as a hanging mass of many-branched, somewhat 4-angled, up to 3 feet (90 cm) long stems. Branches are green, flattened, up to 12 inches (30 cm) long, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. Flowers are usually solitary but sometimes 2 or 3 at an areole. They are small, creamy-white, or pink and appear in spring and early summer.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
Rhipsalis do not thrive in direct sunlight. Exposure to afternoon sun can burn the leaves, turn them yellow or lead to spotting. However, without sufficient sunlight, they will not bloom, and its growth can be stunted. These cacti do best with morning sun and full shade in the afternoon.
As Rhipsalis is commonly grown indoors, care must be given to the placement of the plants. They should be kept at least 20 inches (50 cm) away from windows that receive midday or afternoon sun. The glass in the windows can multiply the heat from the sun's rays, causing sunburned leaves. Keep in mind that in its native environment, Rhipsalis is accustomed to receiving light that has been filtered through dense, overhanging tree branches. Picturing this environment can help you adjust your lighting accordingly.
Rhipsalis is not a drought-resistant plant, so regular watering is essential. Overwatering, however, can cause weak stems and rotted roots. Using a watering can help you measure the amount of water you are providing. The size of the pot, compared to the size of the plant, the humidity levels in the home, and the type of potting soil used can all affect the watering frequency.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Rhipsalis.
Pfeiffera monacantha is native Bolivia.
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Scientific Name: Lepismium bolivianum
Synonyms: Forest Cactus, Hariota boliviana, Rhipsalis boliviana, Pfeiffera boliviana
Comes in a 15cm Hanging Nursery Basket.
These ideal houseplants make for a magnificent focal point in any brightly lit interior, adding that little extra spark with its lush deep green flat foliage.
Lepismium Bolivianum is found growing epiphytically in rock and tree crevices throughout the Bolivian Forests, hence one of its common names being Forest Cactus. These beautiful plants have a stunning trailing nature, cascading gracefully over the edge of their pots, making them ideal hanging basket plants or can look glorious flowing off a shelf.
The Pfeiffera Boliviana loves bright indirect light to thrive but direct sunlight will scorch your plant's foliage, leaving it unhappy and looking less than stellar. Yet, when provided with optimal conditions of even moisture and good airflow, these spectacular specimens will reward you with pink white blooms along their flat slender foliage adding to their appeal.
These highly sought after plants with their easy-care nature make excellent beginner plants or perfect any indoor plant enthusiast looking for something a little different. Where ever you choose to display this magnificent plant be it at home or in the office, it will truly make a statement.
Please note: These gorgeous plants are sadly toxic to pets.
Follow these instructions to keep your Pfeiffera Boliviana happy and healthy.
Light: Prefers bright filtered light.
Water: Water once the soil has dried out two-thirds of the way. Lepisimum can withstand bouts of drought but prefer evenly moist soil, be cautious of allowing the roots to sit in soggy soil.
Humidity: Average room humidity is ideal, these plants grow in airy conditions and high humidity can lead to rot, avoid steamy kitchens and bathrooms.
Fertilize: Fertilize during the active growing season of Spring through to Summer and allow a rest period in winter.
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|Plant Habit:||Cactus/Succulent |
|Life cycle:||Perennial |
|Sun Requirements:||Partial or Dappled Shade |
|Water Preferences:||Mesic |
|Soil pH Preferences:||Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5) |
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
|Flower Color:||White |
Other: Pale pink
|Bloom Size:||Under 1" |
|Flower Time:||Spring |
|Suitable Locations:||Houseplant |
|Resistances:||Humidity tolerant |
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem |
|Containers:||Suitable for hanging baskets |
Needs excellent drainage in pots
A hanging epiphytic cactus, with fairly long, spineless stems. The one I owned was a large mound, heavily branching. It made creamy-white flowers before dying. Stems are with 2 ribs (completely flat), undulate, with small areoles and dark green.
Times are presented in US Central Standard Time
Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "muscari"
|Family:||Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)|
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Can be grown as an annual
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed direct sow after last frost
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jun 24, 2006, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
More synonyms of this plant are Lepismium mataralense, Lepismium erectum, Lepismium erecta, Rhipsalis cereiformis, Pfeiffera ianthothele var. boliviana, Pfeiffera mataralensis, Pfeiffera erecta, Pfeiffera gracilis, Pfeiffera ianthothele var. tarijensis & Pfeiffera multigona.