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Medusa's Head (Euphorbia caput-medusae)
Medusa's Head (Euphorbia caput-medusae)
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The meandering leaves make the plant look like the head of Medusa. It is the host plant of the parasitic plant Hydnora africana in South Africa.

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€ 5,00
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Common name:
Medusa's Head

South Africa

This Euphorbia is characterized by a central caudex from which a wide variety of branches are produced. Therefore, the plant is the reminiscent of Medusa's head (caput-medusae). 

The plant is native to Cape Town, where it grows along the rocky coast in sandy soils. Around the year 1700, the plant was brought to the Netherlands. The species is one of the first plants that Linnaeus described. 
The biggest reason that the species is offered at Onszaden is the fact that it is a host plant of the particular parasitic plant Hydnora africana. You can buy the seeds of Hydnora africana at Onsseeds too. See for more information:

Germination instructions:
Sow the seeds in a mix of sowing mix and river sand (2:1) and let them germinate at around 25 degC.

Sowing time:
All year round

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Rudy Devroey - 02-09-2018 19:05

Deze gezaaid op 9 juli, vandaag 2 september is de eerste gekiemd.

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