Rhipsalis cassutha

Mistletoe Cactus belongs to the cactus family, but this plant shows little resemblance to the typical cactus. It is an epiphyte with rounded, trailing stems. The white globose fruits resemble the berries of mistletoe (this gives it its common name).

It is found throughout the tropical regions of the Americas, in Africa and Sri Lanka, where a further 60 species also grow.

Growing it indoors is quite difficult. It requires lots of light, but not direct sunlight, and fairly humid atmosphere. A good growing medium is a mixture of equal parts of leaf mould, sphagnum moss and sand. Stem cuttings root readily at a temperature of 25° C (77° F) and at a high level of humidity. Cuttings with aerial roots are particularly good for propagation. The plant is also readily propagated from seed.

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