Rhipsalis ?? ID...

puglvr1(9b central FL)November 6, 2013

I was hoping someone might know exactly what the name of this plant is? I paid $1 for it about 6-7 months ago at Lowe's (rescued) with No ID or tag...its doubled or tripled in size since then.

Is it even a Rhipsalis, that's what someone said it might be...

Two different types of leaves on the same plant/pot..

One is thick grows straight up and is triangular in shape...

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puglvr1(9b central FL)

The others are very thin, flat and hangs down...


    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Is it possible you have two different plants there? One looks to have multiple sides (more than two) and the flat one looks like it has just two sides. The only Rhipsalis that comes to mind for the multi-sided one is R. lepismium. Not sure if that's a correct ID, but maybe it will lead you in the right direction.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 2:45PM
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I have a cactus that reminds me a bit of this one, it has some long flat leaves (or what to call them) and some with multiple sides, even hexagonal. I am absolutely sure it is one plant, i got it as a small cutting at a meeting in the garden society with houseplant trading. It has soft spikes, almost like hairs. Could it be an epiphyllum?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 3:26PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Thanks for your suggestions Plantomaniac and Pelargonium...it certainly could be epiphyllum? I don't know rhipsalis or epiphylum well enough to be able to tell,lol...

I went to check on it again and it appears that there is new growth that is the 3 sided (triangular) version growing from one of the thin flat stem...so it appears to be the same plant with two very distinct stems/leaves? Very strange...

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 5:18PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I wish I could help, Nancy!
Sure looks to be a vigorous grower, though ;0


    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 10:42PM
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Wish I could be of more help than that, but you have quite a find there and I have no idea beyond rhipsalis or some kind of epi. If nobody can give you an ID by the end of the week, you could try the Cactus and Succulent forum. :)


    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 10:49PM
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That plant really looks like one I bought not too long ago from exotic angels at walmart... the one I have is called Lepismium cruciforme, it gets those white fuzzy hairs at each spot the thorns grow. It is in the rhipsalis family, or closly related, it it turns very bright red in the right conditions.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 11:07PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

You guys have been a lot of help... I appreciate all suggestions! Maybe "if" it ever blooms? It would be easier to ID it...

Flowerpot...I think this is an Exotic Angel plant, Lowe's carries mostly EA in their houseplants dept.

Josh, it has been a pretty fast grower.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 9:30AM
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