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Orbea semota var. lutea (Yellow Orbea)


Scientific Name

Orbea semota var. lutea

Accepted Scientific Name

Orbea semota (N.E. Br.) L.C. Leach

Common names

Yellow Orbea

Scientific Classification

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


Orbea semota var. lutea is the yellow-flowered form of the variable Orbea semota which has received a number of names over the years, now all amalgamated into Orbea semota. It is a much-branched, mat forming succulent to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, the stems decurved and rooting freely in contact with the soil. This form is a strikingly beautiful plant with pale yellowish-green, strongly-toothed stems. The brilliant yellow flowers, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, are fringed with simple hairs.

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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°F) 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


Orbea semota var. lutea is native to Kenya.


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