A strange name for a strange plant, even stranger is the other name it is known by, namely: Spathulopetalum dicupuae; I will stick to Caralluma. It has a different growth to what one normally associates with Stapelias: when they are going to flower, the stems elongate producing flowers along the extended growth. These elongated parts can be anything between 14 and 20 cm long and the flower lobes themselves are 2 cm long. There are about 15 species of this type of Caralluma found in Eastern Africa and one or two in India.
The plant comes from eastern Kenya around Archers post which is north of Isiolo. This is a very dry part of the country with only sporadic rainfall. It is also a very hot area, therefore the plant in cultivation must be kept at a high temperature all the year round, at least 15° C, but preferably warmer. Because it requires such high temperatures, it is a rare Stapeliad in cultivation. It can be grown in the full sun where it will get the red-mottling on the stems, otherwise it will remain green. They require very little water throughout the year, so it is best to use a very open compost with plenty of grit.

Caralluma dicapuae Archers post

Caralluma dicapuae Archers post

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