Lifesaver Cactus   
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Lifesaver Cactus
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Lifesaver Cactus
Botanical name: Huernia zebrina subsp. insigniflora    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Huernia insigniflora, Huernia confusa

Lifesaver Cactus is a perennial fleshy plant with dull greyish-green, 4-angled stems tinged with pink, with pointed, spreading teeth. It forms small dense clumps up to 10 cm in diameter. The wide-opening, star-shaped flowers have a distinct, liver-coloured raised ring or annulus at the centre, and ivory to pink spreading petals. The flower petals are unmarked or, sometimes, faintly mottled or barred and shortly velvet-hairy. Flower-stalk are about 1 cm long. Flowers open one at a time in succession. Sepals are up to 6 mm long. Flower 2.5 -3.5 cm across. Lifesaver Cactus is native to South Africa. Flowering: November-March.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Plantae Paradise, Datyar village near Parwanu, HP.

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