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MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2005
4:35 PM

Post #1217478

Can anybody name it? It is the only one I have, I got the start from Ponditis and she didn't know what name or what color.

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MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 2, 2005
4:38 PM

Post #1217486

A closer look.

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PlantMomto3
Nevada, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2005
4:48 PM

Post #1217507

Sorry, I don't know the name, but have to say that the plant looks very happy and I imagine it will be absolutely beautiful when the blooms open. The flowers are just gorgeous.
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 2, 2005
5:01 PM

Post #1217527

Is it a Rhipsalis? The flower is so dainty, perhaps its a species? Norma
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 3, 2005
1:39 AM

Post #1218259

I've been looking it up for you, and I ran across this name, the flowers look like a match. I can only see the flowers, the leaves do not show enough to be identified. Possibly from Mexico requiring tropical conditions. You did a great job on the picture, I wish mine came out that well. Norma
This might be right, at least it will give you something to go on. Rhipsalis heptagona Rauh et Backb. Norma
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2005
1:46 AM

Post #1218269

Thanks Norma, I tried a google search using that name and came up with nothing. Where did you see the picture?
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2005
2:46 AM

Post #1218366

Mary, I think it might belong to the epiphyllum family. It has the same type of leaves like my red orchid cactus/epiphyllum.
:) Donna

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2005
2:53 AM

Post #1218380

I don't know what it is but I WANT A CUTTING!
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2005
3:03 AM

Post #1218394

Me to, me to! Thanks for asking first...lol.
:) Donna
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2005
3:21 PM

Post #1218843

I think we all want a cutting...perhaps Mary would be willing to trade a leaf for a leaf of our epiphyllums???...a great way to grow your epi collection Mary! :~D
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2005
5:11 PM

Post #1219104

It is indeed. Expect to hear from me when the weather warms in the spring! Just posting it on this forum might be the easiest way to get trades of them going. Did you notice how many buds are on the plant? When I first saw them I thought they would get much larger before any of them opened, so I was surprised to see tiny flowers! PerennialGirl, can I send things like that to Canada?
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2005
6:04 PM

Post #1219208

I've gotten plants from the US and as long as it says cuttings or without soil there isn't a problem so far. Here is the link to my pictures on webshots:
http://community.webshots.com/user/gardeningperennialgirl
In the cactus and succulent folder there is a picture of my red ephi.
:) Donna
julie88
Muscoda, WI
(Zone 4b)

January 3, 2005
6:08 PM

Post #1219217

Mary...that's COOL! (Save me a cutting too...:-))

~julie~

Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2005
6:20 PM

Post #1219237

Perennialgirl I hate to put a damper on this but epiphylliums are listed on the CITES list...there could be a lot of problems if it is mailed to Canada.
Chilko
Precipice Valley, BC
(Zone 2a)

January 3, 2005
6:34 PM

Post #1219253

What is a CITES list? I sent a bareroot Aloe (I have a huge variety that blooms in about 3 years) to California once and it took over 3 weeks to get there...still survived, though. A bit battered, even though I mailed it in a tube.

I'd love one of those white fringed epis, though, and would be happy to trade for one of these (anyone know the correct name?) Also happy to send cuttings within Canada, if the consensus is that it won't cross the border.

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Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2005
6:42 PM

Post #1219265

http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca/eng/sct0/index_e.cfm


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sets controls on the international trade and movement of animal and plant species that have been, or may be, threatened due to excessive commercial exploitation.

Environment Canada (EC) is the lead agency responsible for implementing CITES on behalf of the federal government.
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2005
6:45 PM

Post #1219270

Are you sure, Lilypon??? Oh sure burst my bubble...lol. Chilko I would luv to trade you a piece for my red one.
:) Donna

Lilypon

Lilypon
Moose Jaw, SK
(Zone 3b)

January 3, 2005
6:47 PM

Post #1219273

Positive PerennialGirl and if it was opened by Customs there could be a lot of problems!








[quote]English Name
Epiphyllum spp.


All cacti not included in Appendix I


Tous les cactus non compris dans l’annexe I

To import in Canada :
Specimens to be imported into Canada must be accompanied by: a CITES export permit issued by the exporting country.

List of CITES national contacts


To export from Canada :
Specimens to be exported from Canada must be accompanied by: a Canadian CITES export permit. [/quote]

This message was edited Jan 5, 2005 7:31 PM
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 3, 2005
6:52 PM

Post #1219288

Ah shucks...waaaaaaah...sniff, sniff.
:( Donna

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2005
8:40 PM

Post #1219443

I got a bunch of epi cuttings from Gourd early this past summer, at least 6 different colors. I'll be so happy when they grow up!
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2005
8:52 PM

Post #1219465

No worries Mary, I've got red, peach, white (ric-rac) and white night blooming cereus...besides some that haven't bloomed yet...we'll make sure you have whatever color you like! Karen

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2005
8:55 PM

Post #1219469

I should have added to my post above that I have a very large night-bloooming white epi, and a smaller red with a purple blush. Should have cuttings for either to trade.

Kachinagirl, I'd love a cutting later of the zig-zag and the peach. Doubt I will have anything in trade you might want, though so put me at the bottom of the list for SASE/postage if you have enough. Thanks!.

This message was edited Jan 3, 2005 4:58 PM
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2005
11:36 PM

Post #1219653

Wow Mary, that is very pretty. I have never gotten it to bloom in my home conditions but it just keeps getting longer and larger all the time. Now at least I can know what the flower looks like. I gave another piece to another friend with a greenhouse and his has not bloomed either but his is in almost full shade under his orchid bench.

I will be watching this thread to see if it gets identified. I brought a piece of it home in my luggage back in 1995 from Massachusetts when Mom and I rode the train out there and home. Ten days on the train isn't my cup of tea but I came home with some neat plants from my Aunt's friend.

This was origionally from a yard in southern Florida. That is all I know.
ACsAgapePlants
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2005
12:45 AM

Post #1219815

It kinda looks like it's in the Disocactus Family.

Blessings,
Awanda
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

January 4, 2005
1:21 AM

Post #1219884

You may want to email a picture to the guy who has this site: http://www.ecology.org/orchids/index5.html#Epis He'll probably know which one it is.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2005
2:20 PM

Post #1220716

I have Rhipsalis cruciforme cuttings,and a few Epiphyllum Queen of the night. and showboat cuttings. Looking for colors I don't have..
Patti

This message was edited Jan 4, 2005 11:21 AM

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2005
2:24 PM

Post #1220718

Showboat epiphyllum

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MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2005
2:37 PM

Post #1220732

Oh boy, Rose, that is a beauty. I would love to get a start of that one. Well, ok, I'm greedy because I don't have any others so I want them all. KachinaGirl, yours are really pretty too, I'm drooling here. My knowledge of these plants would fit on the head of a pin but I think they are beautiful and unusual. When Ponditis gave me the start of hers I asked her what it was and she didn't know, said she had it several years and gave some away and it hadn't bloomed.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2005
3:44 PM

Post #1220838

Here's my red epi, below. Lighting is not too good, sorry. It's also in the database: http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/60332/index.html

Here's a link to my white epi, Night Blooming Cereus: http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/23946/

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rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2005
4:09 PM

Post #1220885

Well ladies I would love to trade my epiphyllum cuttings for yours. Just let me know. . It is a excellent way of building our collection.
Patti

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Chilko
Precipice Valley, BC
(Zone 2a)

January 6, 2005
2:26 AM

Post #1223438

Perennial Girl--I'd be happy to send you cuttings from that pink cactus--do you know what kind of epi it is?--but I think I'd better wait until the weather is warmer; it would freeze its little spines off in the mail truck at the moment! I do have the red epi already so don't need more. Anyhow, when the time comes, remind me and I'll package some up. Here's a picture of one of my reds--it had 14 blossoms out at once but I couldn't get a frontal shot!

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PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2005
3:07 AM

Post #1223489

Chilko, I would luv to trade something for a pink one of yours. Here is the link to my webshots. Check out the color of my red one to see if it's different. I can't tell proper colors right now because my monitor has lost it's true colors...lol. I think it went on strike. I do have other cactus/succulents there to view.
:) Donna

Sorry, forgot the link. http://community.webshots.com/user/gardeningperennialgirl

This message was edited Jan 6, 2005 11:50 AM
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
2:07 PM

Post #1223934

Chilko, I have the pink one you have. Is it flat-leaved like a christmas cactus only bigger? Are the flowers smaller than most epis? They sure look the same to me. Here's my attempt at identification and some photos of mine: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/454786/

I found it's name on the ecology website above: Disocactus phyllanthoides (also called about 7 other names including water lily cactus). I'm so grateful, Clare, for that website!! I will eventually post it on the database and if yours is the same you can post more photos, Chilko!

I also would love to trade for the peach and the ric-rac, Kachinagirl. Would you like a piece of the pink? What else? Could you use seeds of Hippeastrum 'Merengue'? I have a handful of new seeds (bloomed Thanksgiving). Not sure id they will be true if it's a hybrid. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/470310/
Gosh this is fun!
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2005
2:52 PM

Post #1223999

Hi, boojum. I luv your epi...it's purrrrrrty! Do you still have any of your amaryllis seeds that I could try? I can trade you for something.
:) Donna
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
3:26 PM

Post #1224031

Waiting on Kachina, but I also have seeds from my grandmother's plant-hippeastrum striatum (species from Brazil). Unless the flying squirrel that was trapped in the house one weekend ate them all! I'll check. No he didn't get many. Lots left. This plant is guaranteed-I've grown good seedlings last year and they are making nice little bulblets. Here is a photo.

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boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
3:34 PM

Post #1224044

If my seeds are what you want, I'd love some of those yellow (!!) flax seeds I saw on your webshots! I assume they will grow here in zone 5. I have blue, which I always have in every garden, but never saw a yellow!
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2005
3:51 PM

Post #1224058

Hi Boojum! I would love to trade. I do have to wait for the Epis to bloom this spring tho, my dutiful DH cleaned the porch last year and messed up my Epi "order"...I have to label them as for color when they bloom in case he does it again this year! LOL The rick-rack is obvious, the others are so similar I forget which is which! I have never gotten the "hang" of amaryllis...it is gorgeous but they just don't do well for me, so I'll stick to the epi trade with you but thanks for the offer. Please give the Hippeastrum 'Merengue' you offered me to Perennialgirl/Donna! I'm sure you and I can come up with something to trade! Karen :~D
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2005
4:07 PM

Post #1224078

boojum, I didn't save any yellow flax last year but I will make sure I save this year or maybe I can find a baby for you. If you want to try for seeds of something else, let me know. I would luv seeds of your other amaryllis to try and thankyou Kachinagirl for offering me the other ones.
:) Donna
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
4:43 PM

Post #1224122

Karen, we will talk in the spring. I will put you on the list since my brain is useless. BTW, I found that when I followed directions about dormancy and cold for amaryllis they all died, but as soon as I just treated them like all my other plants (water once a week, fertilize, put em outside in summer) they never died! Also they like being cramped.

So, Donna, I can send you the 2 hippeastrum seeds now, right? I'll send them in an envelope so no package issue to Canada. I'm happy to have a place to send them-I was feeling guilty! Donna send me an e-mail so I know where to send them. We can work out your end in spring.

Here's my only photo of my red epi. It was my late mother's plant. This summer it only had a few blooms but the summer before it must have had 20 blooms.

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PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2005
5:03 PM

Post #1224152

Okie, dokie...you've got mail! Your epi almost looks alittle bit different unless it's just a light thing.
Thank you, thank you!
:) Donna
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
5:35 PM

Post #1224223

My daughter took it-the flash or something makes it look less red, but it's a brilliant warm red.
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2005
8:20 PM

Post #1224498

I had to laugh at your note Boojum...I must also make notes for future trades, can't seem to remember them either! Have placed you, Darius, Rose318, & Perennialgirl in my trade tracker for spring epi trades. We'll get in touch then! (did I miss anyone???)

BTW Darius...looks like I may be coming to NC in July. To visit friends in Raleigh.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2005
8:33 PM

Post #1224524

Too bad Raleigh is so far away... a very looong drive for me, or I'd offer to come and meet you! Horseshoe isn't far from there, though.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2005
8:45 PM

Post #1224544

Put me on your list too please. I've been drooling over epi photos, oh my, oh my, how pretty.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2005
8:57 PM

Post #1224574

Donna, have your seeds packed up already-just need to call the PO for postage. That way, you're not on the list anymore! Life is good.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2005
1:03 PM

Post #1225659


I am looking forward to trade with you in the spring. Kachingirl, Is there anyone else that wants to do a spring swap of epiphyllums? PLMK.
Thanks ,
Patti
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2005
3:22 PM

Post #1225891

I have an idea...let's start an "Epi Trade Club" thread in spring...that way we may even get more people participating and more variety! We can each list what and how many we have avail and go from there...probably easier than trying to remember all this or even find this thread again in a few months! I will keep my current list of what we have discussed so these promises for spring get first attention. Whatcha think? :~D

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2005
3:26 PM

Post #1225899

Sound fine with me. Saving thread a reminder.
Patti
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2005
6:16 PM

Post #1234504

The plant that started this thread is actually a Rhipsalis but Joseph @ www.ecology.org couldn't ID it from my pictures so I will send him a cutting in the spring when it won't freeze enroute. He will grow it out and ID it when it blooms, kind of a long process. But we will know eventually. Here is an updated photo that was taken 2 days ago.

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boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2005
6:40 PM

Post #1234553

Fairy blooms. So species!
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 12, 2005
7:21 PM

Post #1234611

I'm drooling and wishing.
:) Donna
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2005
9:08 PM

Post #1234794

The blooms remind me of tiny snowflakes, they are very light and fluffy. I'm looking forward to trades this spring.
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

January 13, 2005
1:38 AM

Post #1235127

Mary, I'm glad Joe is helping you identify your lovely plant. Are the flowers fragrant at all?
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
2:08 AM

Post #1235176

Not that I have noticed, but I will check tomorrow.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2005
2:32 AM

Post #1235207

I think I found the Rhipsalis you have Mary. Here is the site.
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://flowers.bip.ru/encpic_f/cactus/rhipsalis_rhombea.jpg&imgrefurl=http://flowers.bip.ru/ency_f/r.html&h=375&w=275&sz=21&tbnid=ERC2SbAm72gJ:&tbnh=117&tbnw=86&start=79&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drhipsalis%26start%3D60%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26c2coff%3D1%26sa%3DN

I have never paste a site on DG before . I hope I did it right. PLMK if not I will try again. Patti

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
2:34 AM

Post #1235213

Please try again. The link didn't come through...

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2005
2:35 AM

Post #1235215

Darius how do you do it? I usually just cut and paste.
Patti

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
2:37 AM

Post #1235220

What's the source? If you are copying the URL from the address bar, it should work to copy it and paste. However, sometimes the addresses are just too long and they don't work. Doesn't happen often, but it DOES happen.

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2005
2:43 AM

Post #1235229

Yes thee address was too long. Here is the photo .

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
2:44 AM

Post #1235232

What's the whole name, Rose?

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2005
2:46 AM

Post #1235236

oops. Rhipsalis Rhombea.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
2:48 AM

Post #1235239

Thanks!

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2005
2:51 AM

Post #1235250

I just hope I am right. If so Mary I would post the picture in the PDB.
Thanks ,
Patti
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

January 13, 2005
5:29 AM

Post #1235427

The address should have worked. I think you've got the identification right, Patti.

Here are some links:

http://www.rhipsalis.com/species/rhombea.htm

http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Rhipsalis_rhombea.html

http://www.cloudjungle.com/epibook/Rhip.html

http://orchids-web.hp.infoseek.co.jp/Rhipsalis/rhombea.htm

I actually think that I have this one, but it hasn't flowered for me yet, and I wasn't able to identify it until now. Here's mine below:

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MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
1:33 PM

Post #1235677

Wow, lots of information, thank you. I don't believe my blooms have any red color at all, have to go look again when it is light in the greenhouse. I sent the first 2 photos that I posted here to Joseph at the ecology website and he could not make a positive ID from them, so there must be some really subtle differences. I want to have it right before it goes into the Plant Files (formerly PDB). I can't send a cutting anywhere until spring because of cold weather. So, the ID could be quite slow comming. Have patience, gardeners!
Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

January 13, 2005
7:23 PM

Post #1236266

Mary, I think they mean the stems turn red in the sun, and when left in the sun, you can see reddish veins. That is true of my plant. I see what you mean now because there is red on the outside of the flower in that picture in that last link whereas yours are pure white.

You are right that yours certainly could be different, but I think it has to be pretty close to Rhipsalis rhombea, which apparently is also called: R. crispata, R. occidentalis, R. pachyptera, R. elliptica, and R. oblonga.

The third link I gave you describes the flowers like this:

"Developing on the sides of these stems are small flowers only 1-centimetre (3/8-inch) long, light yellow at first, turning to canary yellow with age. Later, after the flowers are finished, they develop dark red fruit."

Your flowers look a little bigger than this so you may have a different species or a variant of the same species.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2005
8:32 PM

Post #1236372

After I read them all, I realized how easy it is to confuse variants of the same plant. They are probably all correct!!
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2005
10:46 PM

Post #1236567

I'm gonna show my ignorance here with terms but here is what I see. Before the buds open the outer covering has a slight blush to it. When the flower opens that covering folds back against the little stem of the bud, and is still a blush but isn't noticeable because the flower has opened back against it. Where all the stamens (?) come out of the center of the flower there is some of that same blush way down in the center. Otherwise the flower is white, not snowy white but kind of creamy. So far they don't seem to change color with age.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2005
3:26 AM

Post #1238569

MaryE, check out the crispa shots.
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/478640/
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 15, 2005
4:50 AM

Post #1238664

I want to know if the stems are four sided? I found a picture in my cacti book.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cacti & Other Succulents by two writers that I never heard of. The book was written in Prague and printed in Czechoslovakia 1981 ISPN 0 764 1492 6

Now I don't know if I hit it by accident. I will try to run off the picture that you sent and ask my boss. Norma
ACsAgapePlants
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2005
3:35 PM

Post #1239218

I have a Rhipsalis that I found at Home Depot of all places, that I believe may be Crispa http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/478640/
This is what I read about R Crispa in "The Complete Book of Cactus & Succulents" book by Terry Hewitt.
"The edges of the spineless, leaflike stems are often crinkled to differing degrees. The cactus grows slowly, but eventually forms a prostrate or pendant bush. It has small cream flowers. It also states that this species is more difficult that most Rhipsalis to bring to flower. This sounds like what Mary & I both have; plus Mary is doing something right to get hers to flower.

Blessings,
Awanda
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2005
7:12 PM

Post #1239515

Awanda, I think yours and mine are alike, as nearly as I can tell with an amateur's eye. Call it beginner's luck on the blooming. I started the plant in a small jar of water, anchored it by partly filling the jar with pebbles before adding a couple of kind of long calloused over branches that hung down over the windowsill, and plain water. Now and then when I was fertilizing my houseplants it got a bit of liquid fertilizer, an all purpose type. For about a year it sat on my windowsill and grew roots and new leaves until I got the greenhouse and potted it up. I probably just used ordinary potting soil. Now and then it gets some weak liquid fertilizer and when it looks dry I water it. The plant to pot ratio is looking uneven now, but maybe it is one that has to be potbound before it will bloom. On the other hand, a plant that lives in the crotch of a tree in the jungle doesn't have a pot, probably can put the roots anyplace it wants, and doesn't get as much sun as mine, so that makes me wonder about everything! You see what I mean about beginner's luck. If you look at the first photo I posted of it with just a few blooms you can see that the edges of some of the leaves got crispy and black from excessive sun this summer.
Norma, the stems are all flat. The oldest ones have a pronounced center but it is round like a twig with the leaft part on both sides.

This message was edited Jan 15, 2005 12:25 PM
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 15, 2005
9:36 PM

Post #1239715

Mary the reason I don't think it a Epi is because they don't flower this time of year, but Rhipsalis do. The flower is not of an Epi either, but looks like a Rhipsalis. I'm, voting with Awanda, Norma
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

January 15, 2005
10:10 PM

Post #1239761

What ever it is...I'm still jealous...lol!
:) Donna
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 16, 2005
3:50 AM

Post #1240218

Also I'm sorry but it is not a R. rhombea .
R. rhombea has very crinkled leaves, deep green leaves, and will have red edged lobes. I have both plants so I can compare. I just need to flowr them. Norma
Crasulady2
Valley Village, CA

January 16, 2005
4:17 AM

Post #1240289

Also I'm sorry but it is not a R. rhombea .
R. rhombea has very crinkled leaves, deep green leaves, and will have red edged lobes. I have both plants so I can compare. I just need to flower them. Norma
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2005
2:39 PM

Post #1240991

It's the Mystery Plant for sure. It might be a while before we know what it is.
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

January 16, 2005
6:46 PM

Post #1241401

I have tried to find this plant in books or on the net for 10 years now and haven't found it for sure yet. I do love this plant though as at our house it can take very low light and some neglect although I have never gotten a bloom from it. Over the years I have shared pieces of it with lots of people and Mary is the first that has gotten blooms as far as I know. Looks like she did right by the plant and it is rewarding her.

Lani

Clare_CA

(Zone 10b)

January 16, 2005
7:26 PM

Post #1241470

This link has Rhipsalis rhombea, Rhipsalis crispata, and Rhipsalis pachyptera listed as separate species: see page 35 of this link: http://store.cactuscollection.com/library/products.aspx

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2005
8:12 PM

Post #1241574

Thanks Clare_ca for the wonderful site. I added it to my favorites.
Patti
ACsAgapePlants
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2005
8:34 PM

Post #1241614

Here's another good informational link: http://rhipsalis.com/index.html

Blessings,
Awanda

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2005
11:03 PM

Post #1241825

Thanks Awanda.
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2005
2:57 AM

Post #1242158

Wow thanks to all of you for your persistence in trying to id this plant.
Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

June 17, 2007
9:29 AM

Post #3624743

Did you ever get an ID on this plant? I got one that I'm almost sure is the same plant at a Car Boot Sale about 6 months ago without a name, but I have tentatively IDed it as Rhipsalis houlletiana.
Here is a close-up picture of mine, with a fruit! It had many many flowers, but so far only the one fruit.

Thumbnail by Kaelkitty
Click the image for an enlarged view.

MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2007
12:23 PM

Post #3624969

No, I never did send a piece of it to that collector to get a positive ID. It's cool that your plant produced that fruit, it is something I never thought to look for on mine. More of mine is kind of hidden than is exposed so I will check to see if I missed one. Is your fruit from the last blooming period? Did you save it, cut it open, or do anything with it? I would guess it would have seeds. In the jungle a bird or a monkey would eat it and deposit the seeds somewhere which would sprout and produce a new plant.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 17, 2007
1:43 PM

Post #3625152

if you join epiforum.com ( no cost) you will probably get ID's for your plants.
Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

June 17, 2007
4:20 PM

Post #3625610

Hey MaryE,
That fruit is still on the plant! That is a very recent photo. I plan to plant the seed(s) but at the moment we are having 40 F overnight lows and daytime temps are only reaching about 60 F, so I think I might save the seed until spring and some warmer weather. Given that it's a central american epiphyte, I don't think our current winter weather would be too kind to tiny seedlings.

My plant was in pretty ratty shape when I purchased it - sunburned, dead ends & broken stems - my mother was with me that day and said "What do you want that ugly thing for?" but I knew it was something interesting, and it only cost me AU $4! The plant just keeps on flowering in flushes about 4 to 6 weeks apart - I can't work out if I made it happy by repotting it and it is "thanking" me, or if I scared it and it thinks it is going to die! Hopefully the former as it seems pretty healthy. Given the amount of flowers it has had, I thought one pod was a bit stingy, but I guess it lacks a suitable native pollinator here in Australia. When the next flush of flowers is open I will attack them with a small paint brush and see if I can up the fruit set.
Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

August 1, 2007
8:22 AM

Post #3804092

Here's an update: I now have TWO fruits! The first one is now a much darker magenta pink/red colour but still very firm and not willing to come off the stem, and the second one looks much like the first one did a month ago. In addition I now have quite a few flowers which look like they may set fruit as they have not dropped away from the plant like the earlier ones did. Perhaps it was the exceptionally cold weather we have been having this winter which was preventing fruit set. I'm not too worried about getting the seeds out yet, since there is still a month of winter to go and it is far too cold to start any cacti seeds, let alone one from these tropical type plants. I'll keep you posted when I have further developments. Kaelkitty.

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