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Caralluma europaea 'Lampedusa'

8th July 2017

A succulent asclepiad from southern Italy, southern Spain and the countries of North Africa. This plant originates with a collection on Lampedusa, a small island about half way between Sicily and Tunisia. It is one ot the hardier succulent asclepiads and seems to be growing slowly in my small cactus house.
On Lampedusa it is restricted to a coastal zone, within about 300m of the sea. It appears to flower in response to rainfall and is pollinated by flies.