This is a species that we collected in 1978 in Rancho Grande, the beautiful national park in Aragua state on the northern coast, with jungle covered mountains. I can still recall finding this plant growing over a swift stream right above a waterfall and puzzling about how we could get a piece of it without risking our lives. Anyway we did and subsequently donated the plant to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (SEL78-0673). The forest was fairly open but had a tall canopy so was quite deeply shaded and cool, at 3,800 feet of altitude. An odd looking species with sort of knobby stems, almost always with small, greenish-white flowers but never very many, and white fruits too, in small numbers. Grows as do most other Rhip species, with little effort.
THIS PLANT IS ON C.I.T.E.S. AND CANNOT BE EXPORTED