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Basterkobas, Bastard Cobas
Scientific Name: Cyphostemma juttae (Dinter & Gilg) Desc.
Synonym:
Family: Vitaceae
Basterkobas, Bastard Cobas (Cyphostemma  juttae) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Mature plants are hardy to 26F (-3C). Younger plants need protection.

Sun Exposure: Light shade in Phoenix

Origin: Namibia and South Africa

Growth Habits: Caudiciform tree to 6 feet tall (1.8 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate water in summer, little to no water in winter.

Propagation: Seeds


The basterkobas is a very unusual and attractive tree. It is named after Jutta Dinter, the wife of professor K. Dinter, one of the authors.

Cultural Practices:
Plant 2-3 years old Cyphostemma (3-4 inches caudex) in the ground. For optimum growth, water and fertilize regularly after May when the leaves start growing. This species is dormant in winter, keep it totally dry at or around 50F (10C).

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The red grape-like fruits are toxic.

References:
Dry Climate Gardening With Succulents : The Huntington Botanical Gardens

Check for Field Collection numbers at Ralph Martin's Site


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