Stapelia asterias Masson

Distribution:  Found in the Little Karoo from Barrydale to just past Uniondale.

Description:  A highly variable spp.   The plants are compact and erect, up to 150 mm in height.  The green to greyish-green stems are densely pubescent and not prominently toothed.  The acute, pubescent leaves are 5 mm long and usually marcesant.

Flower:  The corolla (110 mm in diameter) is very shiny and variably puberulous.  The flower is brown to dark purple in colour.  Sepals ciliate.

Photographer:  H.C. Kennedy

Cultivation:  Shade/sun, little to moderate water.

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