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HAWORTHIA AND SUCCULENT AUCTION
Euphorbia caput -medusae is somewhat similar to the more robust Euphorbia tuberculata with similar flowers. Judging from the specimens I have the tubercles of Euphorbia caput -medusae are not as pronounced as the one of Euphorbia tuberculata. Euphorbia caput -medusae bears its cyathia almost right to the tip of the fingers while in the case of Euphorbia tuberculata the cyathia are more to the side. Peter Bruyns has both these 'species' and some others that are even more different included under Euphorbia caput -medusae. I keep the names separate for practical reasons.
This is a seedling of one of the largest growing "Medusa Head" Euphorbias of South Africa. Their natural habitat is on the Cape Penisula, a high rainfall area.
A female plant starting to flower.
A male plant.
Closely related to Euphorbia obesa but the latter elongates with age while Euphorbia symmetrica does not seem to do so. Euphorbia symmetrica is found at only a few localities north of Willowmore.
Synonym: Euphorbia obesa ssp.symmetrica
Conophytum truncatum ssp. truncatum var. wiggettiae grows naturally in the vicinity of De Rust, Dysselsdorp and also Calitzdorp.
In the De Rust and Dysselsdorp areas the plants prefer hills made of enon comglomerate, often with a reddish colour.
The plants themselves have a reddish tint and multiple papillae on the surface. Seedlings grown in shade often lack the reddish colour until exposed to more sunlight.
The plants however avoid full day sun by growing mostly on the southern or south eastern slope of a hill.