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Cynanchum viminale (Sarcostemma viminale)


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Cynanchum viminale (Sarcostemma viminale) (Apocynaceae) Caustic Vine, Melktou. It is a leafless succulent, vigorous climber which grows in and over trees and other shrubs, sometimes smothering the supporting plant. Without support it forms a bush about 1m high. The lower part of the stem has a thick corky bark. The grey-green branches are pencil-shaped, usually ± 5 – 10 mm in diameter. White latex appears when the plant is damaged. It has no leaves. Flowers are  star-shaped, creamy-white to yellow and sweet smelling. In clusters at the nodes. Sowing: It is easily propagated from ripe seeds, sown in a normal nursery tray, using a well-drained seed-sowing compost and silica sand mixture (silica sand improves drainage) kept moist and at a temperature of approximately 22ºC. The seeds need some degree of humidity for successful germination. One can generally expect seeds to germinate within 3–4 weeks (one month). Locality: De Rust Harvest: February 2024


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