Brachystelma sp. nov.? Family: Apocynaceae. A rare, possibly undescribed species from Thailand related to Stapeliads. The plant forms thin vining stems with very narrow leaves. It produces lots of tiny (<1cm), hairy dark brown to black flowers with a yellow center. It seems that in some plants the petals reflex all the way back while in others they open like a normal flower. Stems emerge from an underground tuber 1-2" diameter. Plants grow from late spring through fall then die back to the tuber in the winter (corresponding with the rainy and dry seasons in SE Asia).
These plants are new to cultivation but so far I've found them fairly simple to grow and not nearly as touchy as some of the better known African Brachystelma. Plant in a well drained succulent mix. During the growing season water regularly keeping it moist but not wet. When the stems die back to the tuber in the fall water sparingly (maybe a little water once a month at most). Plants grow best in good light. As this is a tropical plant it should do well as a houseplant. If grown outdoors protect from frost.
Please note: Plants are likely to be dormant when you receive them. They will start growing in the next few months.
You will receive a plant shown in the last image or one similar. They are shown growing in a 3" pot. Tubers are approximately 3/4"-1" diameter.
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