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Disocactus ramulosus (Red Mistletoe Cactus)

Disocactus ramulosus (Red Mistletoe Cactus)<span class="cross"></span>
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3.25" - NOT In-Spike ($25.00)

This is a species that has a very wide distribution throughout South and Central America. It is very easy to grow, and with brighter light the leaves will turn a pure red color. The flowers are short lasting and almost immediately turn into a white fruit which lasts for several months. Overall an attractive succulent that is rare in cultivation these days. The plants we are offering are well established with the tallest growths reaching about 20 inches. Therefore, the shipping charges are slightly high.These are best grown with room to be pendulous as they like to droop over the sides of the pot once the growths have elongated. They can be trained to grow upright with stakes if so desired.


AKA Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa (also known as Red mistletoe cactus) is a graceful shrubby epiphyte succulent freely branching basally with completely pendant flat reddish tapeworm stems and the more sun, the deep violet red it gets. It produces lots of greenish-white flowers followed by small mistletoe-like fruits lining both edges of the ribbon stems most attractively. It forms large hanging clusters. Two subspecies are recognized, the nominate form and subsp. jamaicensis (Britton & Harris) Doweld.


The first two photos represent the plants for sale. The second two show our specimen parent with fruit present.

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