Friday, October 08, 2010

Kalanchoe beharensis 

is a tree size succulent plant from Madagascar. 
It keeps up the Kalanchoe legacy that is:   hardy and it
grows very easy from leaves or pieces of stem.


Photo above is one plant.  This could have been an
even bigger bush if it was not that the branches are often blown off by the wind.  The stems are not strong enough for the heavy leaves full of  water.
Showing size of leaf. The bullterrier posed for size.  One leaf will easy cover her head.

The pattern where the leaves were attached on the stem is
pretty.  There is a hollow as if it was scooped out. Smooth and shiny. With points like thorns on the rim but these 
 "thorns"  where the leaves were attached are blunt and do not cut or scratch.
The inflorescence is very large and heavy.


It is a pity that the flowers are so very small but beautiful seen close-up striped in pale red pink and green.

5 comments:

Julie said...

What a great post!!! The pale flowers are kinda boring, but the stripy inner parts are gorgeous!!! Quite a large plant, isn't it? Amazing...yes the stem looks so pretty with the pattern made by leaves haven fallen off.

ericat said...

Hi Julie
I thought you would like it. Forgot to add the leaves are covered in short soft "hair". Feels like velvet.
The seeds are the finest dust. No idea how anybody can cultivate them.

THEA said...

Hallo Ericat,

Wat leuk dat je even langs kwam!

Bedankt voor de felicitaties voor mijn kleinzoon z'n verjaardag!

Jou kleindochter is 11 Okt. jarig geweest? Ook nog van harte gefeliciteerd!!

Kleinkinderen zijn een geschenk van God. Zoooo leuk!
Ga je hier vaker posten? Anders kan ik beter deze blog van je linken!

Lieve groetjes van Thea

succulent garden said...

What a great post!!! The pale flowers are kinda boring, but the stripy inner parts are gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Kleinkinderen zijn een geschenk van God. Zoooo leuk!
Ga je hier vaker posten? Anders kan ik beter deze blog van je linken!evergreens