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Dorstenia foetida

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GeneralitŠ°

small perennial plant with succulent stem, native to Central Africa; the stem produces an enlarged caudex. It has an erect stem, enlarged downwards, which can reach 30-35 cm in height and 45-60 cm in width; it is grayish brown in color and tends to become woody or semi-woody. It produces numerous branches, which give rise to a small disordered crown. From the apex of the branches sprout small shiny, bright green leaves, usually oval or lanceolate, with a wavy or indented margin. Again from the apex of the branches, in spring it produces thin stems that carry the particular inflorescences: they are called hypathodi, they are flattened, disc-shaped inflorescences, made up of countless small green flowers; around the disc of flowers some rays depart which give the flower the appearance of a strange daisy with few green and fleshy petals. At the center of the inflorescence the seeds are produced, which are pushed by the flower when ripe, sometimes even for a few meters. Other particular succulents also belong to the Dorstenia genus; D. gygas is the largest species, it is in fact a large pachycaule shrub, up to 180-200 cm tall, which grows only on the island of Socotra.


Exposure

it is grown in a shaded or semi-shaded place, it fears contact with direct sunlight. These plants don't like cold weather and are generally grown at a minimum temperature close to 12-15 ° C.

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