Succulents: Wild Grape!

This succulent was certainly a mystery! During my Labor Day visit to my local arboretum, I snapped this photo, but was disappointed that it did not have a descriptive sign. But it certainly spurred me to find out more about what this plant was. It reminded me of the happy times I had in chemistry classes when I was tasked to identify unknown liquids in test tubes – old school!

Also known as tree grape, Namibian grape, Cyphostemma juttae, Droog-my-keel, and the not-so-genteel, bastard cobas,  this succulent native of Namibia is out-of-this-world gorgeous! It is propagated by seed or cuttings. I may have to add this lovely specimen to my own garden!

More information and good photos of this plant can be found here: http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/cyphastemjut.htm and here: http://www.bihrmann.com/caudiciforms/subs/cyp-jut-sub.asp

CONSUMER ALERT: The grapes on this plant have been described as poisonous or toxic because the grapes contain oxalic acid, and should not be eaten. Further information about this plant (and its toxicity) is found here: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/SOM/SOM-october06.shtml

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2 Responses

  1. This really is beautiful! I want a leaf of it as well…can you pinch off a leaf and bring it home? Would love to see you propogate it from a leaf…fun!!!

    • The arboretum does have plant sales throughout the year. I will inquire about the availability of this plant and get their recommendations of nurseries that have this plant on hand. So exquisitely beautiful!

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