Orbea variegata (Stapelia variegata):
Orbea variegata is a leafless, stem Succulent perennial, which often called as Starfish Cactus or Toad Cactus. Though it is not a cactus, it is known to many people by the name “Toad Cactus”.
This is a sun loving plant which requires full sun to partial. The stems are four-angled, edged with a soft teeth. These are easy growing plants which bears lovely woody-colored flowers. Flowers are of Starfish-shaped with five petals often blooming near the edge of the pots. These leathery flowers stay open for few days and again close their petals. Flowers are completely covered with blotchy, chocolate brown markings. Some of the snaps of this plant that I took from my garden.
Orbea variegata was included in the genus Stapelia as its close resemblance to few of the Stapelia plants.
Common Names: Starfish Plant, Carrion Flower, Toad Plant, Starfish Cactus, Carrion Cactus, Toad Cactus, Leopard Print Flower, orchids of the succulent world
Botanical Name: Orbea variegata
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