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Dorstenia lavrani – Taba'a Gorge Dorstenia

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Scientific Name

Dorstenia lavrani T.A.McCoy & M.Massara

Common Names

Taba'a Gorge Dorstenia

Scientific Classification

Family: Moraceae
Tribe: Dorstenieae
Genus: Dorstenia

Description

Dorstenia lavrani is a many stemmed, perennial plant which produced a symmetrical "grove" with many succulent, wax-like stems patterned with spiraling rows of whitish leaf scars. Each stem is topped with a rosette of attractively crisped leaves. Stems are simple, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and offset at their base. Unlike all others known Dorstenia species which bear male and female flowers from each receptacle, in D. lavrani the sexes are found on separate plants.

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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. They can also be propagated by cuttings. The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favor the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated preemptively with a systemic fungicide… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dorstenia.

Origin

Native to northern Somalia (Taba'a Gorge).

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