As its various common names suggest, Australian bottle plant has a bottle or
belly shaped trunk with
clusters of tiny, coral-like flowers on long stems and large, lobed leaves,
all of which makes for a rare and unusual looking plant. It flowers throughout
most of the year and is sun and drought tolerant. A native of tropical
America, it is a very
attractive plant. The leaves are large, lobed, peltate and somewhat succulent.
The flowers grow on long
stems and are a brilliant red color, and stand out from the foliage, despite
being relatively small. The trunk forms a nice ball shaped caudex, and has
strange thorny looking knobs. It is called 'Buddha Belly Plant' because
keeping the foilage pruned enlarges the trunk.
Identification credit: R.K. Nimai Singh
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