Probably the most popular species of the genus in cultivation, it
protection from cold and damp, but doesn’t like to get bone dry, even in
This species is quite variable in shape,
colour and size.
In full sun plants take a
Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae) (Milkweed
(Chiovenda) P.R.O. Bally 1975.
From the North East of Somalia
Habitat: This plant has
been found in
grit in a dry
environment with lots of
These plants, like most of the succulent milkweeds (stapeliads), are
fly pollinated, and conveniently smell like rotten meat or some type
migiurtina, Chiovenda, 1937
"Pseudolithos" derives from the Greek words
“pseudo” meaning “false” and “lithos”
meaning “stone, pebble” referring
to the appearance of the stems.
(The genus name implies: “false stone”).
in the North East of Somalia.
(The specific name implies “from the
region of Migiurtina”)
Quite variable in shape, colour and size.
Up to six centimetres in diameter and eight centimetres in height
(an old plant in cultivation may achieve a bigger size) The stem is
tuberculate, but some plants have an evident four-sided
figure form. The colours vary from light green (in
environments) to clear olive/grey/green (in half sun) or
reddish-brown (in full sun).
of flowers is
pollinated and smells like rotten meat. The flowers are dark red
and about 5/7 mm across.
pods contain about 15-20 seeds each.
time: mainly during the end of
on the bottom side of the plants, but it is not strange to see some
flowers almost year round in a heated greenhouse.
specimen (2,5 cm of diameter)
Relatively easy to grow, but mistakes are costly.
If rot sets in,
there is practically no time, nor warning, before the plant turns to
It needs regular
watering, especially during the hottest
some light watering if the green house temperatures in
are elevated. Either excessive
very scarce watering can
Frost Tolerance: Winter temperatures must be kept
over 10° C. ( But it can withstand winter night-time temperatures
down to about 5° )
Sun Exposure: It has a great advantage if grown in very
strong light, but sheltered from full sun.
Cultural Practices: Provide very good
It grows quite easily and fast on its own roots.
is not difficult as commonly supposed, but inaccuracies are
rot starts, the plant will almost inevitably
This plant is a candidate for
under-potting, as long as you keep it watered.
Seeds are the only way of
Notes: This plant has been successfully
crossed with diverse
Pseudolithos species and other
Asclepiadaceae too. These
give rise to some very interesting
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Pseudolithos migiurtinus.
is quite variable in shape, colour and size,
and comprises several different forms, but each form
is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate