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Rhipsalis baccifera (J.S. Mill.) Stearn
Mistletoe cactus

Rhipsalis baccifera
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: The typical variety is native to South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; other subspecies are found in the New and Old World tropics.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Possibly Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park (Gann 2015), page 130.

Other data on Rhipsalis baccifera available from :

Rhipsalis baccifera has been found in the following 2 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Everglades National Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Kendall Indian Hammocks Park Present Native, Cultivated Only

Rhipsalis baccifera has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Monroe County (Mainland) Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Rhipsalis baccifera has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Coastal Berm
Tidal Swamp

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Rhipsalis baccifera
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011
Rhipsalis baccifera
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer