Britton & Rose
|Hatiora salicornioides (Haw.) Britton & Rose
Hariota DC., Rhipsalidopsis Britton & Rose
Hatiora Britton & Rose is a small genus of epiphytic cacti which belongs to the tribe Rhipsalideae within the subfamily Cactoideae of the Cactaceae. Some Hatiora species are well known and widely cultivated ornamentals, known as Easter cactus or Whitsun cactus.
All Hatiora species are found as epiphytes growing on trees or (rarely) lithophytes growing on rocks. They occur only in the tropical rainforests of the Mata Atlântica in south-eastern Brazil. The plants are weakly succulent, growing upright or pendent; spines are usually missing. The flowers are borne terminally; they are actinomorphic (radially symmetrical) and are always coloured. The fruit is a berry.
Hatiora species have been divided into two groups or subgenera which are well differentiated by their morphology. Members of subgenus Hatiora have cylindrical stems. They grow more or less upright and become woody at the base of the stems when plants become older. The flowers are small, with a diameter of about 1 cm (0.4 in), and yellow, orange or pink. Members of subgenus Rhipsalidopsis have flattened, weakly succulent, segmented stems. The flowers of this subgenus are large and usually red or pink, but yellow in Hatiora epiphylloides.
Name and synonyms
Cacti belonging to the tribe Rhipsalideae are quite distinct in appearance and habit from other cacti, as they grow on trees or rocks as epiphytes or lithophytes. However, for a long time there was confusion as to how the rhipsalid species should be divided into genera. In 1819, Haworth described the first discovered species of the modern genus Hatiora under the name Rhipsalis salicornioides. In 1834, A.P. de Candolle recognized the distinctness of this species and transferred it to a new genus Hariota, named after Thomas Hariot, a 16th-century botanist. Later a second species, H. gaertneri, was initially named as Epiphyllum russellianum var. gaertneri (Epiphyllum russellianum is now Schlumbergera russelliana) and then in 1889 as Epiphyllum gaertneri. A third species, H. rosea, was described in 1912 as Rhipsalis rosea.
By 1923, many nomenclatural uncertainties and confusion had arisen over the name Hariota. Nathaniel Britton and Joseph Rose created a new name Hatiora as an anagram of Hariota. Of the species known at the time, they placed Hariota salicornioides in Hatiora along with H. cylindrica; they had already placed H. gaertneri in Schlumbergera in 1913 and left it there; and they erected a new genus, Rhipsalidopsis, for H. rosea. When two further species of the modern genus were discovered, they were placed in various genera, including the original Hariota and Rhipsalis. According to Anderson, the confusion among the Rhipsalideae was not clarified until work by Wilhelm Barthlott and Nigel Taylor in 1995. The Easter Cactus, H. gaertneri, is still referred to as Schlumbergera gaertneri in horticultural sources; the name Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri is also still in use.
The formal synonyms of the genus Hatiora are:
- Hariota DC., in part, non Adans. (Hariota Adans. is a synonym of Rhipsalis)
- Rhipsalidopsis Britton & Rose
- Epiphyllopsis (A.Berger) Backeb. & F.M.Knuth
- Pseudozygocactus Backeb.
Subgeneric classification and species
- Subgenus Hatiora
- Subgenus Rhipsalidopsis
- Anderson 2001, pp. 375–377
- Barthlott & Taylor 1995
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- Brunelle, Paul J. (2001), Recognition and Culture of the Holiday Cacti, Dalhousie University, archived from the original on 2011-11-04, retrieved 2011-11-04
- Hunt 2006
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