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Dorstenia (Caudex)

Dorstenia barnimiana Shop Now Dorstenia barnimiana
Starting from 43.20€
Dorstenia cuspidata Shop Now Dorstenia cuspidata
Starting from 42.00€
Dorstenia ellenbeckiana Shop Now Dorstenia ellenbeckiana
Starting from 14.00€
Dorstenia foetida Shop Now Dorstenia foetida
Starting from 4.80€
Dorstenia gigas Shop Now Dorstenia gigas
Starting from 16.00€
Dorstenia hildebrandtii Shop Now Dorstenia hildebrandtii
Starting from 11.20€
Dorstenia horwoodii Shop Now Dorstenia horwoodii
Starting from 14.40€
Dorstenia lancifolia Shop Now Dorstenia lancifolia
Starting from 18.00€
Dorstenia lavrani Shop Now Dorstenia lavrani
Starting from 32.00€
Dorstenia sp. Shop Now Dorstenia sp.
Starting from 8.80€
Dorstenia zanzibarica Shop Now Dorstenia zanzibarica
Starting from 12.00€

Its name was chosen in honor of the German botanist Theodor Dorsten. It includes a very large number of species, but only those with caudex make part of the succulents: from the woody stem, characterized by the most disparate shapes and which acts as a water reservoir, multiple branches sprout, on the top of which deciduous, long and lanceolate leaves grow, forming some sort of a crown. Just inside the caudex there is a toxic whitish latex, which the plant uses as a form of defense against animal attacks. The characteristic that strongly distinguishes this genus and makes it so appreciated by green collectors is undoubtedly its unusual inflorescence: a very showy disc-shaped structure is generated, which is actually formed by many small green flowers, with microscopic fleshy petals like those of a daisy! Perhaps not many know that, in the areas of its origin, this plant is exploited for multiple purposes: its herbal preparation is used as an antidote, the powder of the leaves is mixed with tobacco to improve the taste of cigarettes, and some tubers are used even for food purposes!