Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hatiora salicornioides (Haw.) Britt. & Rose

Frost tender, epiphytic, bushy, erect or pendant cactus producing stems with club-shaped, bronzy-green segments, to 5cm long, arranged in whorls of up to 5, and funnel-shaped, golden yellow or orange flowers, to 1cm long, in spring.  To 40cm by 40cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This curious little plant […] is of low growth, often not exceeding six or eight inches.  The flowers appeared with us in January, remaining for a considerable time closed, nor opening till the sun shone on them, and even then nor very wide.’  [LBC no.369, 1819]. 

Introduced to Britain in 1817.  [PD].   BM t.2461/1824.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.821/1850].


Published Mar 02, 2010 - 09:17 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 05:22 PM

Figured is a cactus with pendant, club-shaped segments and terminal yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2461, 1824.

Hatiora salicornoides (Haw.) Britt. & Rose | BM t.2461/1824 | BHL

Family Cactaceae
Region of origin


  • Rhipsalis salicornioides Haw.
  • Cactus salicornioides Link & Otto
  • Cactus lyratus Vellozo
  • Hariota salicornioides DC.
Common Name

Drunkard?s dream, Bottle cactus

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rhipsalis salicornoides 

Confidence level high