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Tromotriche revoluta (Revolute-flowered Tromotriche)


Scientific Name

Tromotriche revoluta (Masson) Haw.

Common Names

Revolute-flowered Tromotriche


Stapelia revoluta (basionym), Stissera revoluta

Scientific Classification

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


Tromotriche revoluta is a rhizomatous succulent with more or less square, toothed stems that readily offsets to form a sparingly branched shrub up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall. The characteristic flowers with revolute (rolled backward or downward) lobes are pale maroon to purple-brown with lime-green central markings but quite variable in color and patterns.


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. 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 autumn when the weather starts to cool down. In growing season, water in moderation when needed, 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


Native to South Africa.

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