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Huernia kennedyana (2-3cm UNROOTED CUTTING)

Huernia kennedyana (2-3cm UNROOTED CUTTING)

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Description of Huernia kennedyana:

Huernia kennedyana is a species of succulent plant belonging to the Apocynaceae family, native to South Africa. It is a stem succulent, characterized by thick, angular stems with distinctive markings and textures. The stems are typically four-angled and may have shallow or deep furrows, giving them a ribbed appearance. The stems are usually erect or ascending, reaching lengths of up to 20 centimeters.

The stems of Huernia kennedyana are adorned with pairs of small, triangular leaves at intervals along their length. These leaves are often shed as the plant matures, leaving the stems bare. The most striking feature of Huernia kennedyana is its flowers. They are star-shaped and relatively large compared to the size of the plant, measuring around 3-4 centimeters in diameter. The flowers are typically yellowish-green to brownish in color, with dark maroon or purple markings and fine hairs on the inner surface.

Historical Information:

Huernia kennedyana was first described by the botanist Friedrich Welwitsch in 1869. It is named in honor of Mr. Kennedy, who collected the type specimen in what is now Namibia. Since its discovery, Huernia kennedyana has become a popular ornamental plant, prized for its unique appearance and striking flowers.

Cultivation Tips:

Huernia kennedyana is relatively easy to cultivate, making it a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts. Here are some cultivation tips:

  1. Light: Provide Huernia kennedyana with bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight, as this can cause sunburn on the stems.

  2. Temperature: Keep the plant in a warm environment with temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the growing season. In winter, it can tolerate cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C), but protect it from frost.

  3. Soil: Plant Huernia kennedyana in a well-draining soil mix formulated for succulents and cacti. A mix of potting soil, sand, and perlite works well.

  4. Watering: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, especially during the winter months when the plant is dormant. Water sparingly, as overwatering can cause root rot.

  5. Propagation: Huernia kennedyana can be propagated from stem cuttings. Allow the cuttings to callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.

Beauty of Flowers:

The flowers of Huernia kennedyana are truly captivating. Despite their relatively small size, they are intricate and beautifully patterned, with unique markings and colors. The star-shaped blooms are often adorned with dark maroon or purple markings, creating a striking contrast against the lighter background. The flowers also emit a foul odor reminiscent of rotting flesh, which serves to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles. Despite the unpleasant smell, the beauty of the flowers makes Huernia kennedyana a prized addition to any succulent collection.



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