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Tavaresia angolensis (Devil's Trumpet)


Scientific Name

Tavaresia angolensis Welw.

Common Names

Devil's Trumpet

Scientific Classification

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


Tavaresia angolensis is succulent perennials, glabrous in all parts with ribbed stems furnished with bristles that at first reminds one of a cactus. The stems are cylindrical, fleshy, leafless, 5- 6(rarely to 9) prominently ribbed, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. Each stem tubercles has 3-parted horizontally spreading bristly spines, lateral spines somewhat pointing upwards, conspicuously shorter than the central spine. The flowers are large, showy, tubular to trumpet-shaped, deep-throated, pale yellow and spotted with purple-red, up to 40 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, arising at the base of the stems.

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How to Grow and Care

Tavaresias are mainly grown by plant collectors, lovers of succulents and enthusiasts who enjoy growing unorthodox looking plants. They comes from summer rainfall areas, and are intolerant of excess water, humidity and low winter temperatures and easily destroyed by molds. Flower buds drop off easily in response to the slightest touch or unfavorable conditions. Tavaresias prefer light shade rather than full sun, although stems may not color up under shady conditions. Тhey grow well in light gritty soil with a very liberal drainage. Plants are usually increased by cuttings, which, as they are very succulent, should be allowed to dry a week after they are taken off, when they may at once be put singly into pots. Grafting the Tavaresia on Stapelias is often useful, and can be recommended… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Tavaresia.


Native to Angola and Namibia.


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