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Dorstenia Primer

Dorstenia Primer

Dorstenia gypsophyla
Dorstenia are a strange caudex forming family of plants from north east Africa. They tend to spread out along the base, just above the soil and have some to many branches pointing upward. They usually have attractive green non-succulent leaves of various shapes depending on the species. Some species have sunflower like flowers that spray seeds all over your greenhouse. Small Dorstenia plants pop up in other pots. Dorstenia foetida does this and is the most common species found in the market place. However, most of the other species are extremely rare and somewhat difficult to grow. Dorstenia gigas, from the island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea, prefers a mild humid, but not rainy, coastal climate. It will wilt if exposed for extended periods to excessively high or low temperatures. Below is a short list of highly sought after Dorstenia species.
Dorstenia foetida

Dorstenia foetida

Dorstenia foetida

Dorstenia foetida is a small caudex forming plant from Ethiopia and Arabia. It has many short brown stems that grow from a low flat base. It is drought deciduous, meaning it will drop it's leaves when dry. The flowers concentrates are disk shaped bodies that contain many small flowers that fruit easily. As the flower structure dries out it pops seeds as far as six feet. The easiest way to propagate is to allow seedlings to come up in your other plant's pots. They can be easily pulled from the soil and planted in their own pots. Water frequently during the warm growing, but don't alllow the soil to get soggy. Similar species are F. crispa, F. hybrid, F. foetida x crispa, and F. lancifolia.

Dorstenia foetida

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas is a rare caudex forming plant from the island of Socotra. It develops a stocky main trunk that may have several large vertical branches and many horizontal smaller branches. The whole body has a light green tint. The leaves are deep green when fresh, but turn orange on the bottom side as they end their life cycle. It is a very attractive plant, but will only thrive in a mild semi-humid climate. It can not handle the extremes of cold and heat. If in the right environment, it will remain active all year. Dorstenia gigas is rarely seen in the market place, but is sometimes offered by specialist growers at some cactus club sales.

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gypsophila

Dorstenia gypsophila

Dorstenia gypsophila

Dorstenia gypsophila is an extremely rare caudiciform because it is difficult to grow. Each plant has a unique shape with a withered looking exterior. Because of its rarity, if you find it for sale, it will be very expensive.

Dorstenia gypsophila

Dorstenia gypsophila

Dorstenia gypsophila