Tavaresia angolensis Welw.
Ceropegia tavaresii, Decabelone elegans, Decabelone sieberi, Stapelia digitaliflora, Tavaresia angolensis
This species is native to Angola and Namibia. It occurs on rocky outcrops and slopes and in sandy soils on plains.
Tavaresia angolensis is a small succulent that forms clusters of thick fleshy stems, usually 5 to 6, rarely 8 ribs lined with conical tubercles, each tipped with three whitish bristles. The stems grow up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall and 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across. They vary in color from grey-green or blue-green to dark brown. The large, showy flowers are pale yellow with purplish-red spots and appear in mid-summer. They are trumpet-shaped with five lobes, up to 40 inches (10 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Tavaresias are mainly grown by plant collectors, lovers of succulents, and enthusiasts who enjoy growing unorthodox-looking plants. They come from summer rainfall areas, are intolerant of excess water, humidity, and low winter temperatures, and are easily destroyed by molds. Flower buds drop off easily due to the slightest touch or unfavorable conditions. Tavaresias prefer light shade rather than full sun, although stems may not color up under shady conditions. They grow well in light gritty soil with very liberal drainage.
Plants are usually increased by cuttings, which, as are very succulent, they should be allowed to dry a week after being taken off, when they may 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.
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