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Tylecodon bayeri (Ribbed Butterbush)


Scientific Name

Tylecodon bayeri van Jaarsv.

Common Names

Ribbed Butterbush


Tylecodon mallei

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon


This species is native to South Africa (Northern Cape).


Tylecodon bayeri is a small succulent with few slender branches that grow from a tuberous base. Branches are grey, ribbed from the decurrent leaf bases, up to 7.2 inches (18 cm) long, and up to 0.1 inches (0.25 cm) in diameter. The tuber is ball-shaped, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, and has grey-brown flaking bark. Leaves are green, hairy, egg-shaped, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide. Flowers are tubular, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long, yellow to brownish covered with short hairs. They appear in mid-summer, when the plant sheds its leaves, on branched, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long inflorescences.

The specific epithet "bayeri" derives honors Martin Bruce Bayer, South African botanist, explorer, and former curator of the Karoo Botanical Garden in Worcester.

How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon bayeri

Soil: Well-draining soil mix is the key to healthy Tylecodon. Poor drainage and overwatering most commonly cause root rot in both indoor and outdoor plants.

Light: Tylecodons can survive direct sunlight exposure without any problems, but they will grow beautifully when in shadow.

Hardiness: Tylecodon bayeri can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Watering: As winter is the growing season, Tylecodons require careful watering during the winter until the spring. Get the soil wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again. In the summer, reduce watering to once per month.

Fertilizing: Use liquid fertilizer for cacti and other succulents during the winter months.

Repotting: You do not need to repot these plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.

Propagation: Tylecodons can be cultivated either by seed or by cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon.

Toxicity of Tylecodon bayeri

Tylecodon species are adapted to avoid animal predation being poisonous. Keep them away from children, pets, and livestock.


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