Calibanus hookeri is an unusual plant, with multiple tufts of evergreen, grass-
The Ceropegias are a members of the milkweed family: Approximately 200 species of Ceropegia are recognized, virtually all are native to tropical and sub tropical regions of the old world, with a majority of species originating from southern Africa and Madagascar. Most species are vining perennials, with a good number of succulent species -
Ceropegia sp aff bosserii var razafindratsirana originates from Madagascar, and belongs to a complex that includes a number of similar species and varieties with comparable, dimorphic stems. All of these plants produce a characteristic succulent stem in its vegetative stage; the stems at this stage are typically highly succulent, compact are comparatively short. but eventually, once the plant has sufficiently matured, it begins its reproductive stage, and at this time, it produces thin, long, cylindrical stems which typically climb to several yards, and produce numerous terminal flowers, with the curious vase shaped floral tubes, topped with a distinctive birdcage dome of petals with their tips united.....
Ceropegia woodii is at once one of the most attractive, and one of the less typical species of the genus. While most of the Ceropegias produce rather nondescript foliage which is typically lost during periods of drought, Ceropegia woodii produces attractive, heart-
The Christmas Cactus is perhaps one of the most familiar and commonly grown of the cactus species. It is widely available through the holiday season, being a standard at virtually any garden department. These are easy plants to grow and maintain, tolerating a wide variety of growing conditions and benign neglect. Where they are happy, they prove to be very long lived plants; (at one of our shows, a patron indicated that a member of his family was growing a Christmas cactus which had been passed down from his grandmother, and estimated that this plant had been in the family for over 90 years! Another plant in the possession of one of our members is estimated to have been passed down through the family for 150 years)! With a little bit of attention to basic requirements, these have also proven to be easy to bloom -
Cissus quadrangularis is an unusual succulent member of the grape family, with vining 4 angled stems, with conspicuous constrictions at the nodes. The stem segments have the appearance of curious strings of rectangular sausages. Smaller plants typically produce smallish segments to about 1/2 in wide and several inches long, with branching stems growing to several feet in length. Older, more established plants will eventually produce stem segments to over 1 inch in diameter, and (in the largest plants which I have seen to date) to about a foot in length. The vines of established plants scramble on the ground and climb vegetation, and will eventually spread to at least several yards, and possibly to over 20 feet. Tendrils, adventitious roots, and ephemeral leaves are produced at the nodes. Mature plants will produce racemes of very small yellowish green flowers, followed by small inedible fruits which ripen to a red coloration....
Cissus tuberosa is distinct in that it is a caudicuform -
Fall is for Conophytums! Unlike many of the other cacti and succulents, which are now settling down for a period of winter dormancy, the Conophytums undergo a fall transformation which is little short of a metamorphosis. From shriveled, dry tufts of dead-
Crassula falcata, the "Propeller Plant" is one of the more unusual members of the Genus crassula -
Crassula ovata, alias the "Jade Plant" is understandably one of the succulent plant essentials. It is easy to grow, attractive, reliable, and is always readily available. Where it is happy, plants are long lived. Bill Hendricks, president of the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society grows a plant which he first acquired nearly 55 years ago; over the years, it has been repeatedly restarted because it outgrew its allotted space. In all, it has been restarted from a cutting on 5 (or is it 7?) separate occasions -
Delosperma cooperi, one of the so called purple ice plants, has long been heralded as one of the most reliably hardy of the Delosperma species, tolerating temperatures down to -
The Dorstenias are a unique group of generally smallish, perennial, herbaceous, or shrubby plants belonging to the Moraceae, or Fig Family. The genus is widespread, occurring in northeast Africa, the Arabian peninsula, Madagascar, and Central and South America. According to online sources, approximately 105 species are presently recognized -
During a joint field trip with the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society some 10 years ago, to the home and greenhouse of Mike and Maureen Massara who run Out of Africa, many visitors were captivated by a remarkably attractive Dorstenia originating from Tabia Gorge, Somalia. The plant was at that time new to scienceand was still not described or named. It was eventually described, and given the name Dorstenia lavranii; it is distinct in being the only species of Dorstenia which is dioecious -
Drimia haworthioides is an odd plant -
Duvalia sulcata subs. seminuda is atypical of the genus on several counts: The stems are heavily marked in dark green to maroon, and has especially long "teeth" or "prickles" on its stem; its flowers approach the upper limits for size in this genus, topping out at just under 2 inches in some plants ( the flowers on my plant are just under 1.5 inches across ). Also, this is one of only 4 species whose range extends beyond Southern Africa, with an extended range in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. I should say at this point that there is some controversy on the 4 species whose range extends into Eastern Africa and the Arabian peninsula: genetic studies suggest that these may not be as closely allied with other members of Duvalia as once thought, and these 4 species may eventually be re-