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Dorstenia gypsophila

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Scientific Name

Dorstenia gypsophila Lavranos

Scientific Classification

Family: Moraceae
Tribe: Dorstenieae
Genus: Dorstenia

Description

Dorstenia gypsophila is an extremely rare caudiciform because it is difficult to grow. Each plant has a unique shape with a withered looking exterior. The stem is up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter and up to 8.2 feet (2,5 m) tall. Flowers are light brown in color.

Dorstenia gypsophila

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.

Usually propagated by seed. Many species are self-fertile. Their seeds are expelled explosively from the mature seed heads and liable to populate pots several feet away. The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favour the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated pre-emptively with a systemic fungicide… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dorstenia.

Origin

Native to Somalia.

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