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Family: ASCLEPIADACEAE* 

 Pseudolithos cubiformis
  Author of this page: Panos & Stavros.

Photos by Ferdinand Poilodan.

  
Author:  Peter René Oscar Bally 1965
Family:  Asclepiadaceae*
Habitat:  Somalia
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  12 centimetres
Height:  12 centimetres
Flower:  Greyish-Green/Purple
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  Lithocaulon cubiforme, Peter René Oscar Bally 1959

The skin and a typical pollinator.
Photos by Ferdinand Poilodan.

 

   This member of the Asclepiadaceae* family was given this name by Peter René Oscar Bally as Lithocaulon cubiforme in 1959, and as Pseudolithos cubiformis in 1965. It is found in Somalia, growing in grit with little water and some sun. It can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter, and the flowers are green-grey hairy petals with a purple centre. It has the largest flowers in the genus, and like the others: It smell like rotting meat.

*This family might been incorporated in the Apocynaceae family now.

Pseudolithos: From the Greek words 'pseudo' meaning false and 'lithos' meaning stone, pebble referring to the appearance of the stems. The genus name implies: 'false stone'.
 

The flowers and a rather green form.
Photos by Panos & Stavros.