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Miranda



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PostSubject: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:55 pm

I thought this plant was one of the medusoid euphorbias, probably a gorgonis, but it's just produced this incredible flower and although I've searched the net I can't find any variety of euphorbia with a flower anything like this.

Can anyone help with an ID?
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:45 pm

It's a Stapelia, not a Euphorbia... Stapelia variegata or a hybrid thereof....... Also called Orbea variegata by some....

Congrats on flowering it !
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:31 pm

Thank you so much Navajoa. It actually belonged to a neighbour, they were moving and were going to
throw it out so of course I had to rescue it. It had sat on a wall in
their yard in the same pot for 12 years, fully exposed to all the
elements and completely neglected. When I got it I repotted it with some controlled release
cacti/succulent fertiliser and two months later it has a flower and
more to come. The flowers smell like rotting fish, but they're
beautiful and unusual to look at.

Thanks again, much appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:42 pm

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The flowers smell like rotting fish, but they're beautiful and unusual to look at.

Laughing Yep, that describes a Stapelia for sure. The smell is certainly not the nicest thing...

I've got a very similar plant (quite possibly a clone; it looks very nearly identical to yours), yet have had no luck getting it to flower. Aside from the fertiliser, are you giving this plant any special treatment? Is it growing under cover or in a greenhouse?
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:11 pm

Hmmm my Mum reckons hers has flowered Lach, and it is in garden soil (granted they have great soil) in a hanging basket, so I reckon they're not too fussy. I took a cutting a while ago and it took really quickly,
I;m not sure I have the exact same one, it goes red in full sun
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:13 pm

Oh and the basket is on the verandah under a clear roof...I think they like the sun
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:15 pm

I got a couple of those grown from seed, 1,5+ year old or so...

Great to hear they can take harsh conditions / neglecting...
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PostSubject: Re: Euphorbia???   Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:54 am

Lachy wrote:




I've got a very similar plant (quite possibly a clone; it looks very nearly identical to yours), yet have had no luck getting it to flower. Aside from the fertiliser, are you giving this plant any special treatment? Is it growing under cover or in a greenhouse?

I have it outside on the front verandah, it gets full morning sun until about 11am, part sun part shade until about 2pm and then it's in complete shade for the rest of the day so it's sheltered during the hot afternoon. I water it with rainwater when it dries out, usually every couple of weeks.
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