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Dorstenia zanzibarica

Dorstenia zanzibarica are from Kenya (Taita and Chyulu Hills), Tanzania (Mounts Meru and Kilimanjaro and the Usambara and Uluguru Mountains)  Altitude range: 800-2400 metres above sea level.  Dorstenia zanzibarica are found on rocks, cliffs in ground humus, rarely epiphytic; in various habitats from mossy forest to succulent and deciduous bushland or thickets. This is a widespread species often found in disturbed habitats.  They are a perennial succulent herb to 50-75 or more cm tall, rhizomatous or often pachycaul (caudiciform) but not always. The flowers are green and triangular. Erect or ascending to 0.5-0.7m long, the base rhizomatous or sometimes forming a tuber; rhizomes long or short, succulent; tuber (caudex) globose or subglobose, to 5-10 cm across, branched (at least with arrested branchlets with minute leaves) or unbranched to ca. 10 mm in diameter, sparsely minutely puberulous, hirs mostly in rows Leafy stems sometimes seasonal.

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