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  Edithcolea grandis
  Family Name : Apocynaceae

  Common Names : Persian Carpet Flower

 
Persian Carpet Flower
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Growth Form :
      Succulent Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Africa and Arabian Peninsula
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Desert / Arid
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Succulent plant 10-20cm tall
      Stems: Stems mid-dark green (in semi shade), olive green-dull brown (when exposed to very bright light or full sun); heavy, armed with sharp prickles
      Flowers: Flowers, 5-8(10)cm wide, appearing towards the growing tips of the prickly stems. Color of petals variable, base color pale cream to dull light yellow, lightly or densely covered with maroon- dark brownish red steaks or spots; with a fringe of maroon hairs on the edges; tips of petals cream to orange brown
      Fruits: Numerous winged seeds are encased in a twin follicle
      Taxonomy :
      Edithcolea is a monotypic genus with a single species, Edithcolea grandis. 
      Etymology :
      The genus is named after Edith Cole, who first collected the species in a botanical expedition to Somalia from 1894-1895. The common name of 'Persian Carpet Flower' alludes to the richly colored and ornate patterns on the petals that are reminiscent of the woven carpets of the middle east. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Rockery / Desert Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Spines/Thorns - Stem/Branch, [Remarks] (Avoid contact with sap as it may cause skin irritation in certain individuals. Keep plants away from children and pets as the thorny stems can cause scratches/ injuries)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Carrion Insects (Carrion Fly, Carrion Beetle))
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Abiotic (Wind)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
      Pest(s) :
      Sucking Insects
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Brown, Red, Yellow / Golden, Patterned

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