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Tridentea geminiflora - Starfish Flower - 10 Fresh Seeds

Tridentea geminiflora - Starfish Flower - 10 Fresh Seeds


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Tridentea geminiflora - Starfish Flower - 10 Fresh Seeds

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Tridentea geminiflora - Starfish Flower

This listing is for a pack of 10 seeds.

Formerly classified as a member of Stapelia, during recent revisions, this species is now placed with related species in a group of its own.  This has smaller flowers than some of the more spectacular members of Stapelia, but the lack of size is more than made up for by the diverse markings and the very free flowering nature of this member of the stapeliad family.  Like most members of the family the flowers are extremely variable in colour ranging from almost yellow ochre to almost entirely purple.  It will only flower on new growth less than 18 months old, so it should be kept growing and potted on as required in order to get the best flower display from the plant. It can be got into flower in its second year from seed if well grown, although generally 3 years is a more realistic goal. The reason for the striking colours and form of the flower becomes apparent when you consider that they are trying to mimic the food of the pollinator - the majority of the species are pollinated by flies in a very complex (one sided) relationship.

These plants come from South Africa and are locally known by a number of names including Zulu Lily.

The flowers have an extremely complex pollination mechanism only rivaled by that seen in orchids.  This generally reduces hybridisation as it is akin to a lock and key.  After the flowers, if pollination has occurred, the plant produces two large seed horns pack full of seeds on silken parachutes.

Full instructions can be downloaded at this link

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