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This is Dorstenia psilurus var scabra. Photo by Paul Latham in Bas-Congo province.

Photo by Paul Latham.

Author: Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch, 1869
Origin:  Angola, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo
Soil:  Peat - Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  8 Centimetres
Height:  60 Centimetres
Flower:  Green
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Dorstenia bicornis Schweinfurth.
Dorstenia gilletii
De Wild.
Dorstenia klainei
Dorstenia lukafuensis
De Wild.
Dorstenia massenii
Dorstenia psiluroides
Dorstenia scabra
Engler. 1894.
Dorstenia stolzii
Dorstenia tenuifolia
Engler. 1902

This member of the Moraceae family was described by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1869. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Tanzania, Congo and Uganda, growing in well drained peat with some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow up to eight centimetres, the stem 60 centimetres height. The flowers are green.

The genera is named after Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist and medical professor at Marburg. The species name means 'naked, 'living', stay hidden.

Photo by Paul Latham.