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Orbea rogersii

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Scientific Name

Orbea lutea (N. E. Br.) Bruyns

Synonyms

Stapelia rogersii (basionym), Caralluma rogersii, Angolluma rogersii, Pachycymbium rogersii

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Ceropegieae
Subtribe: Stapeliinae
Genus: Orbea

Description

Orbea rogersii is a succulent perennial herb with stems up to 4 inches (10 cm) high, forming clumps up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. Flowers are up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter, usually not expanding fully, deeply and narrowly lobed, smooth and pale green outside with a few darker veins, pale greenish-yellow to white inside.

Orbea rogersii

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How to Grow and Care

Several species are fairly easy to grow. Others, often those with slightly hairy stems and the more unusual flowers, are more challenging and require careful watering (with some fertilizer) during the growing season and complete withdrawal of water during the winter months. A minimum winter temperature of 10°C (50°CF) is acceptable, providing that plants are kept absolutely dry. A heated growing bench or incubator may help delicate plants to get through the colder months. However, many species live under shrubs in habitat and prefer light shade rather than full sun.

A gritty compost is essential, and clay pots are advisable for the more delicate species. Some growers prefer a mineral-only compost to minimize the chance of fungal attack on the roots. A layer of grit on the surface of the compost prevents moisture from accumulating around the base of the stems.

Keeping Stapelias and their roots free of pests such as mealy bugs is the real key to success as fungal attack often occurs as a result of damage to stems by insects… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Stapelia.

Origin

Native to Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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