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 Dorstenia gypsophila
Author:   John Jacob Lavranos, 1972
Family:  Moraceae
Origin:  Somalia
Soil:  Pure Gypsum (open clay)
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  50 centimetres
Height:  2,5 meters
Flower:  Light brown
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

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   This member of the Moraceae family was described by John Jacob Lavranos  in 1972. It is only found in a small area in Somalia, growing in pure gypsum with some water and lots of sun. It will receive little water in winter, and the branches might dry out. The stem will grow up to 50 centimetres in diameter and 2,5 meters high. The flowers are light brown, and seeds are the only way of reproducing.  

The genera is named after Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist and medical professor at Marburg. The species name from the Greek gypsos; 'gypsum' and philos; 'loving', referring to the chalk- or lime-loving nature of most species.