Cactuspedia home | E-mail | Photo gallery | Dictionary | Search 

This old page has been moved! Click the link next on the right to enter the new Enciclopedia of Succulents. We hope you find this new site informative and useful.

Encyclopedia of Succulents

  Monadenium ritchiei ssp. nymbayense
(Syn: Euphorbia ritchei ssp. nymbayense)
CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Monadenium ritchei ssp. nymbayense is a beautiful and desirable plant with fat thick sculptured stems.

 

Description: It is  a small  clumping succulent that form large compact clumps with time.
Stems: Short, thick, light green, tuberculate freely branching from the base or from underground suckers , up to 30cm tall, each stem 3 cm wide.
Spines: Small and very short.
Leaves: 2,5-4 cm long,  light green deciduous and fleshy. If grown in enough light the leaves (and stems) can take on a purple hue.
Roots: Thickened and fleshy .
Flowers: Hot pink cyathias.
Blooming season: Late in the summer or in autumn, just before or as it goes dormant.
 


 


The roots are tuberose.


Cultivation:
Easy to grow, it spreads by underground shoots and forms large clumps with time and therefore requires a broader pot. Monadenium ritchiei due to its African origin cannot tolerate freezing temperature but should be able to handle 7 degrees C very easily. However, that species seems to hate being wet for any extended period and rot easily especially in winter if overwatered. Sun Exposure: Light shade
Propagation: Cuttings, seeds.

Photo gallery: Alphabetical listing of Cactus and Succulent pictures published in this site.

Photo gallery MONADENIUM

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Scientific name:  Monadenium ritchiei ssp. nyambense S. Carter,
Published in: Kew Bull., 42 (4): 915: 1987

Origin:  Eastern Africa, Kenya (Meru Distr.)
Habitat: Rocky slopes, at about 1300 m altitude, growing in a well drained soil with some water in summer and none in winter.
Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Synonyms:  

  • Monadenium ritchiei Bally,
    Published in: Candollea, 17. 32, 1959
  • Euphorbia ritchiei (P.R.O.Bally) Bruyns 2006
  • Euphorbia ritchiei ssp. nyambensis (S.Carter) Bruyns 2006


The stems takes a nice red colouring when exposed to direct sun. (A pant in autumn after the shedding of the leaves)

 

 




 

Cactuspedia home | E-mail | Photo gallery | Dictionary | Search 

This old page has been moved! Click the link next on the right to enter the new Enciclopedia of Succulents. We hope you find this new site informative and useful.

Encyclopedia of Succulents