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Rhipsalis pachyptera - R33


Rhipsalis pachyptera is native to Brazil, where it grows on trees and rocks at altitudes of 0 to 1000m above sea level. This species has a similar appearance to R. elliptica, it's foliage being broad, flat, and elliptical in shape. When frown in high light conditions, this species will develop a stunning red to the leaves. It will develope quite large (for Rhipsalis), white flowers. These flowers emerge in the colder months (August), and are Fragrant!

The Rhipsalis genus comprises over 60 species native to South America. Most are epiphytic (live in trees). Many have hanging stems making them excellent hanging basket specimens. Most prefer shade and some humidity.

We recommend purchasing 2 or 3 cuttings when planting up a pot as it will ensure the development of a robust and aesthetic plant.

Rhipsalis do best in partial shade in a fertile soil mix. Keep reasonable moist throughout the year, a little less so in winter. They enjoy humidity and so benefit from spraying.