|Hatiora salicornioides with many buds and a few open flowers.|
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Hatiora salicornioides (also called Rhipsalis salicornioides, dancing bones cactus, drunkard's dream, spice cactus) is originally a forest cactus, growing as epiphytes at elevations between 0 and 1850 meters in Brazil. It is sometimes grown both indoors and outdoors as an ornamental.
The plant is made of many-branched stems that are up to 60 cm in length. A stem consists of smaller segments with a length of up to 3 cm. The segment has a shape that resemble a bottle. The contorted stems may account for the common names "dancing bones cactus" and "drunkard's dream", or the bottle shape of the segments may account for the latter.
Hatiora salicornioides has small deep yellow flowers that develop to translucent berries with a reddish end.
Other Latin names for Hatiora salicornioides are: Rhipsalis salicornioides var. stricta, Hariota stricta, Hariota salicornioides var. villigera, Hariota villigera, Rhipsalis villigera, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. villigera, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. stricta, Hatiora salicornioides var. villigera, Rhipsalis stricta, Rhipsalis bambusoides, Rhipsalis salicornioides var. bambusoides, Hariota bambusoides, Hatiora bambusoides, Hariota salicornioides var. bambusoides.
The generic name Hatiora is an anagram of Hariota, honoring Thomas Hariot, an English scientist, historian, and mentor of Sir Walter Raleigh. The species name salicornoides comes from its shape similar to Salicornia.
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