ISI 2009-28. Stapelia paniculata ssp scitula (L. C. Leach) Bruyns

This slender-stemmed stapeliad forms compact clumps of light green stems only ¼" in diameter and 2-4" long. The flowers are proportionately diminutive, to just an inch in diameter, and are dark burgundy with or without yellowish bands. Add to that varying degrees of raised banding and hair on the petals. Divisions of HBG 98571, plants from seed collected by Peter Bruyns in the hills around Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa. $6.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 81 (2), March - April, 2009