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Stapelia

This is a Stapelia gigantea specimen I got from a fellow collector in Melaka. This plant needs to be well taken care of as its skin is soft and it's vulnerable to a variety of bugs. Older stems, which are frequently almost hidden by younger stems, are frequent targets of bugs.

Sep 2002: This plant is not Stapelia grandiflora, whose flowers are dark red and the petals more narrow. Many thanks to the fellow collector who reported the error.

A well-grown Stapelia gigantea flowers readily. The flowers are large, and while many species of the Stapeliad family have flowers with a rotten odour, I have not managed to detect any smell when my specimens flower.

Stapelia gigantea does extremely well in aquaculture. Although its thick and soft roots are susceptible to rot in aquaculture, the plant is very vigorous and a few rotting roots does not seem to harm the plant very much. The specimen above kept putting out new roots as old roots rot. As you can see, it threatened to overwhelm the other plants in the box.


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