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.

Rhipsalis baccifera (J.S.Muell.) Stearn

Identification uncertain and no description at present.

Horticultural & Botanical History

The identity of this plant is uncertain.  ‘Cereus quadrangularis Haworth (Syn. P1. Succ. 181. 1812; C. trigonus quadrangularis Pfeiffer, Enum. Cact. 118. 1837; Cactus quadrangularis Loudon, Encycl. P1. 412. f. 6876. 1829) may belong here [Acanthocereus pentagonus (L.) Britton & Rose], but Pfeiffer referred it with a question to Cereus caripensis De Candolle (Prodr. 3: 467. 1828; Cactus caripensis Humboldt, Bonpland, and Kunth, Nov. Gen. et Sp. 6: 66. 1823), but this species was referred by Schumann to the genus Rhipsalis.’  [Britton & Rose – The Cactaceae vol.II, p.124/1920].

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.302/1850].

History at Camden Park

Cereus quadrangularis Hort. ex Pfeiff. (1837) = Cereus variabilis Pfeiff.  This is also a possible identification.  No description at present.


Published Mar 02, 2010 - 03:32 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 05:31 PM

Family Cactaceae
Region of origin

Probably South America

  • Cassyta baccifera J.S.Muell. in Mill.
  • Cereus quadrangularis Haw.
  • Cereus caripensis DC.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Cereus quadrangularis 

Confidence level low