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Genus: Rhipsalis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Familty: Cactaceae

About 36 species, native mainly to America but also to Africa, Asia. Rhipsalis baccifera has a wide distribution that includes southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape).  Four other species, originating from South America, are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Rhipsalis baccifera (Mistletoe cactus)

Distribution includes the Americas, Africa and Asia. In southern Africa it is native to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. See Wikipedia and Flora of Zimbabwe.


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Rhipsalis cereuscula

Native from Brazil to Argentina.


Rhipsalis micrantha

Native to Ecuador and Peru.


Rhipsalis pilocarpa

Native to Brazil.


Rhipsalis prismatica

Native to Brazil.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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