Tridentea longipes (C.A. Lückh.) L.C. Leach
Stapelia longipes, Tromotriche longipes, Ceropegia penduliflora subsp. longipes
Tridentea longipes is a clump-forming succulent with short, erect, glabrous, 4-angled, dull green stems, usually with a purplish tinge near the tips. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. The beautiful star-shaped flowers appear on minute inflorescences, and each stem bears only one inflorescence from the stem base.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Stapeliads are relatively easy to grow. However, they should be treated as outdoor plants 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. Stapeliads require a reasonable amount of sunlight to promote flowering and maintain a well-shaped plant. Very shady positions will produce very poor flowering.
These plants come from climates where they survive extremely high temperatures in the summer months, so most growth is in spring and fall, with flowering in fall when the weather starts to cool down. In the growing season, water in moderation when needed, making sure soil is fairly dried out between waterings. Do not water between late fall and early spring.
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.
This species is native to South Africa (Richtersveld National Park).
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