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DORSTENIA MORACEAE - yambuyaensis (Zaire)

An erect, bristly herb with oblong, lanceolate leaves to 7 inches long, shiny green above, pale and dull beneath and irregularly toothed: the green receptacle angularly rounded, almost 1 inch across, with winged margins with rays to 4 inch long......This sounds odd, doesn't it?

Indeed, it is a "study object for school, demonstrating that what looks like a handsome blossom is actually a plate-like receptacle with male and female flowers." (Graf p. 608)

CULTURE: It prefers moist, warm, greenhouse conditions. It is propagated by suckers and seeds.

It is almost never available.