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 Dorstenia brasiliensis

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Author:   Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monnet de Lamarck, 1786
Family:  Moraceae
Origin:  Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela and Guiana
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  1 centimetre
Height:  20 centimetres
Flower:  Red-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Contrayerva
Synonyms:  Dorstenia tubicina Ruiz & Pav. 1798. Dorstenia pernambucana Arruda, 1816. Dorstenia infundibuliformis Lodd. 1833. Dorstenia montevidensis Miq. 1843. Dorstenia tomentosa Fisch. & C.A. Mey. 1846. Dorstenia montana Herzog, 1915. Dorstenia tubicina fo. major (Chodat & Hassl.) Hassl. 1919. Dorstenia tubicina fo. subexcentrica Hassl. 1919. Dorstenia sabanensis Cuatrec. 1956. Dorstenia heringeri Carauta & C. Valente, 1975. Dorstenia schulzii Carauta, C. Valente & Dunn de Araujo, 1976. Dorstenia amazonica Carauta, C. Valente & Barth, 1979

Found this at Grootscholten. The flowers are cup-shaped, and lack the "tentacles".


   This member of the Moraceae family was described by Lamarck in 1786, and a lot of others since. It is found in the Amazon, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The rhizome will grow up to one centimetre in diameter and two centimetres long. The whole plant will grow for up to 20 centimetres. The flowers are dark brown-reddish.

The genera is named after Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist and medical professor at Marburg. The species is named after Brazil.