Buttonia superba

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  1. Lloyd Gordon

    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    I went through 2 hosts and all the seedlings died over 2 years. Finally I looked on the net and found that Euphorbia tirucalli might work. Sure enough 2 plants have been growing (slowly!) for ~2 years.
     

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    Hi Lloyd - Where did you find a source for this one?! Lovely, and great to see it growing! Looks like you've made a thread for each of your species. Good! I look forward to the progress reports.
     
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    Lloyd Gordon Parasitic Plant Aficionado Staff Member

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    Rachel at Silverhill Seeds in South Africa has lots of South African seeds.
     
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    Ah Rachel. I should have guessed. Thanks!
     
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    My E. tirucalli and Buttonia superba were doing badly. Turned out the plants were incredibly root bound. The pot was entirely filled with roots. As expected the roots of the Buttonia had completely grown into the Euphorbia root system. You can see it here. The Buttonia roots are reddish.
     

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    Flowered with plenty of seeds to come!
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    Woah, that’s quite the flower!!!!! How long do they last for? How difficult was this from seed to flowering? Would love to try it one day.
     
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    The flowers faded after a day but that might be because I pollinated them right away. It took me about 8 years to get a flower. The hardest part was figuring out the host.
     

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