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DescriptionEpiphyte (rarely a lithophyte) on trees. Stems green, cylindric with articulated whorled branches up to 1 m. Leaves 0 or reduced to minute scales. Young plants bear areoles subtended by minute scales with tufted bristles. Flowers lateral, white or greenish-white; perianth segments 8-13, the outermost 3-5 small, unequal, ± succulent, greenish, the inner 5-8 translucent. Fruit mucilaginous, white, yellow or pink. Seeds with a caruncle, black and glossy (in ours).