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Fockea comaru

 

Republic of South Africa, Eastern and Western Cape. Habitat: Fockea comaru is very common and it is found on hillsides both amongst rocks where it has short, prostrate stems, and in sandy areas where it has much taller branches. It grows in the same general area, togheter with Ceropegia africana, Haworthia margaritifera, Haworthia herbacea, Adromischus filicaulis and various creeping Senecios. Fockea comaru is the only species of Fockea that is grows in winter rainfall regions.Fockea comaru was given this name by Nicholas Edward Brown in 1908. It grows in southern Africa, in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex will get op to 60 cm in diameter, and the plant reaches two meters in height. Fockea comaru is a caudiciform subshrub bearing large underground stem tubers. The tuber is made up of spongy, water holding tissue that helps it surive periods of drought. It also has a rhizomatous habit and the stems can spread underground some distance from the tuber before emerging from the soil. The flowers are greyish to brownish green. Root tuber: Mostly underground, turnip-shaped or irregularly shaped. 10 - 25 cm in diameter. Stems (branches): The annual shoots which appear at the beginning of winter are erect to decumbent,, rather than climbing,10-30 cm, 2-5 mm in diameter, basally becoming woody, young pubescent.

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