Rhipsalis Gaertn. ()
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🌵 Published in Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 137 (1788)
🌵 Type Rhipsalis cassutha

Not explained by Gärtner. Presumably Greek rhips (stem rhip-) ‘wicker-work, mat’ + Greek –alis (stem –alid-), a suffix also found in other generic names (Aspidalis, Oxalis, Physalis) (the name should correctly be Rhipalis). For the many tangled, thin stems of Rhipsalis cassutha (= Rhipsalis baccifera).

The stem of the word Rhipsalis is either Rhipsalid– (Rhipsalidopsis, tribe Rhipsalideae) or Rhipsal– (Begonia rhipsaloides, Euphorbia rhipsaloides, Pfeiffera rhipsaloides, Viscum rhipsaloides).


A.T. Johnson, H.A. Smith & A.P. Stockdale (2019): Plant Names Simplified, 3rd Edition


Ross Bayton (2019): The Garderner's Botanical


Helmut Genaust (1996): Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen, 3. Auflage

“Botanical Latin is essentially a written language, but the scientific names of plants often occur in speech. How they are pronounced really matters little provided they sound pleasant and are understood by all concerned.”

William T. Stearn (1983): Botanical Latin, 3rd Edition: 53

How to cite

van der Meer, Maarten H.J. (2022, February 5). Rhipsalis. Dictionary of Cactus Names. Retrieved from https://www.cactusnames.org/Rhipsalis