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Huernia macrocarpa

Huernia macrocarpa

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originally from Africa. The genus has about fifty species with fleshy stems without leaves, trodden in length by four, five ribs decorated with thorns. About ten centimeters high, they can form large carpets.


diffused light and not in the sun in the apartment; in full sun outside.
Temperature: in winter it should not fall below seventeen degrees;


in spring and autumn the soil must be relatively moist, while in winter it must be dry;
Fertilization: during flowering water with liquid fertilizer diluted in water every two weeks. Be careful not to wet the plant.


the stems, detached from the plant root quickly, the seeds buried between April and June sometimes germinate in the day.


a compound for cacti. The collar of the plant must be protected from humidity, so it is necessary to replace the upper two centimeters of earth with sand or gravel.

Pests and diseases

scale insects determine whitish hairy spots.

Huernia Macrocarpa

Generalities: cespitose plant with erect and branching stems eight to ten centimeters high.
Stem: light green, has five tuberculate ribs with sharp teeth.


at the base of the new stems, in summer until autumn, star-shaped flowers bloom. Fleshy, hairy, with five lobes, brown red color. Because pollination takes place thanks to necrophilic insects, the flowers smell like rotting flesh.


it is made with stem cuttings that are ten to fifteen centimeters long, buried in almost dry sand at the beginning of summer.

Huernia macrocarpa: Huernia Pebrina

It is distinguished from the Huernia macrocarpa by its yellowish flowers with marked transverse brown-purple streaks.