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Dorstenia gigas – Socotran Fig Tree


Scientific Name

Dorstenia gigas Schweinf. ex Balf.f.

Common Names

Socotran Fig Tree

Scientific Classification

Family: Moraceae
Tribe: Dorstenieae
Genus: Dorstenia


Dorstenia gigas is a pachycaul shrub, up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, with stem up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter. The flowers are pale green in color.

Dorstenia gigas – Socotran Fig Tree

Photo via by Gregg DeChirico

How to Grow and Care

Dorstenias are warm loving plants and they need a bit more water than regular succulents. They need well-drained soil mix and their water needs vary depending on the season of the year. Water regularly to abundant form spring to autumn. Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering, but make sure that they never dry out completely. During the winter months they tend to go at least partially dormant. During this period, water very little. Giving plants a warm, sunny position can result in beautiful compact growing plants. Fertilizing plants once in a while during their growing period with a high potash and phosphorus fertilizer is recommended… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dorstenia.


Endemic to Socotra island.


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