Edithcolea grandis N.E.Br., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1895: 220 1895. (Syn: Edithcolea sordida N.E.Br.);
Edithcolea is a monotypic genus with a single species Edithcolea grandis (synonym: Edithcolea sordida NE Brown; 1895). Once classified in the family Asclepiadaceae, it is now in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.
Edithcolea grandis is a succulent plant with leafless richly branched perennial and decumbent stems with a diameter of 2 to 4 cm and up to 30 cm in length (ref prota, ref Field 80, ). The glabrous stems are 4 or 5 angled and armed with regularly placed hard and acute spinelike teeth or tubercules. The base color of the plant varies from green to red with brownish spots.
The bisexual flowers are 8 to 13 cm in diameter and are formed near the apex of the branches. The flower consists of an outer corolla with 5 corolla lobes (petals), which are fused halfway to the center and a relatively small inner corolla. The outside or back side of the flower is yellow to green. The inside consist of a pale yellow base color with a purple-reddish pattern of spots at the outside that gradually become smaller near the inner corona, which has itself has concentric reddish lines. Long purple hairs are present at the border of the brim of the outer corolla lobes. The remarkable flower is at times described as the Persian carpet flower. The carrion-like smell of the flowers attracts flies and other insects for pollination.
The fruit (follicles) contain a large number of seeds. The oval shaped seeds bear a tuft of hairs (coma) so they can be dispersed with the wind. The smaller variant baylissiana (Lavros & Hardy) has more branched stems that are smaller in diameter (1 to 1.5 cm), shorter (10 cm) and are often spirally.
(From Wikipedia on 8.5.13)
Cactus For ID : MNP,Mumbai : 300413 : AK-2 : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 2 authors.
A small cultivated Cactus with Maroon flowers seen at the BBC Show in MNP, Mumbai on 29/3/13.
Name given was Adithfolia but I can’t find anything on searching.
Check for Edithcolea grandis.
You were absolutely right!
With the given name ‘Adithfolia’, I was not going any further.
Thanks for the right id.
Common name Persian Carpet Flower, from the family Apocynaceae.