January 5, 2010

The beautiful rhipsalis plant and new portraits of the kitties

For the holidays, my kitchen was decorated with two stunning rhipsalis plants.  Rhipsalis is a genus of more than sixty species and are mostly epiphytic spinless cacti.  An epiphytic plant is one that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.  The name, rhipsalis, comes from the Greek word for 'wicker,' referring to the flexible branches of many species.  As you can see from these photos, rhipsalis can have long, trailing stems, such as the ones I grow.  These plants grow nicely as hanging baskets and really grab peoples' attention.  My curious little cats are also drawn to these unusual and beautiful plants.