Originally this was Erythrorhipsalis pilocarpa, the only species of its kind in its own group.
The only visual resemblance it has to other tubular Rhipsalis is its pencil-type growth.
Otherwise it is easy to identify because its stems are covered with fine white hairs growing from the areoles.
in sunlight the stems can become tinged red.
Flowers are slender and bell-like but open widely,
appear at the ends of the stems so on the longer stems they will hang downward.
The branches often end in three to six smaller branches,
which when in flower make the plant look like an upside-down starburst.