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Caralluma socotrana
Scientific Name: Caralluma socotrana N. Br.
Synonym: Sanguilluma socotrana, Boucerosia socotrana
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Caralluma  socotrana Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Avoid any frost

Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light

Origin: Socotra Island (in the Indian Ocean)

Growth Habits: Clumping stem succulent, up to 6 inches tall (15 cm), 10 inches wide (25 cm)

Watering Needs: Keep drier in winter

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings

Caralluma socotrana is a difficult to grow asclepiad, endemic to the Island of Socotra, in the Indian Ocean. It has symmetrically jointed stems that make it look like a pale green coral.

Blooming Habits:
The Caralluma socotrana has maroon flowers in the fall. They are followed by pods containing papery seeds.

Fruiting Habits:

Cacti and Succulents

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