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Dorstenia gigas
Scientific Name: Dorstenia gigas Schweinf. ex Balf. f.
Family: Moraceae
Dorstenia  gigas
Dorstenia gigas at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10b-12

Frost Tolerance: Requires warmth.

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Endemic to Socotra island

Growth Habits: Pachycaul shrub, up to 8 feet tall (2.5 m), trunk up to 2 feet in diameter (60 cm) or more

Watering Needs: Keep relatively dry when leafless

Propagation: Seeds, difficult from cuttings

Dorstenia is a large genus occuring in the tropics around the world. There are succulent and non-succulent species. Most of the succulent species come from Africa.

Blooming Habits:
The Dorstenia is not self-fertile, so 2 plants are needed to produce seeds. The ripe seeds are ejected with force from the flower structures, so the inflorescences should be bagged after they are pollinated.

Fruiting Habits:

The seed pods open explosively. If you intend to keep the seeds, care must be taken to catch them with a piece of fabric or other.

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