Echidnopsis cereiformis Hook.f.
Apteranthes cylindrica, Apteranthes tessellata, Boucerosia cylindrica, Echidnopsis cylindrica, Echidnopsis nubica, Echidnopsis tessellata, Stapelia cylindrica
Echidnopsis cereiformis is a small succulent with thin, tufted, cylindrical stems and lovely, pale to dull yellow flowers. The stems are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long, reclining to upright, leafless, and colors that range from green, dull dark green, brownish-green or reddish. Flowers sprout out of the entire length of each stem but mainly toward the tip in fall.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Stapeliads are relatively easy to grow. However, they should be treated as an outdoor plant as they will easily rot indoors and cannot flower without exposure to outdoor temperature fluctuations. They should be grown under cover so that watering can be controlled. They require a reasonable amount of sunlight to promote flowering and maintain a well-shaped plant. Very shady positions will produce very poor flowering. Stapeliads come from climates where they survive extremely high temperatures in the summer months, so most growth is in spring and autumn, with flowering in fall when the weather starts to cool down. Water in moderation when needed in the growing season, making sure soil is fairly dried out between waterings. Do not water between November 1 and March 1.
The easiest and best way to propagate Stapeliads is from stem cuttings which can be taken virtually throughout the year. Seed is also a method of propagation.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Stapeliads.
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