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Dorstenia bahiensis

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dorstenia (dor-STEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: bahiensis (ba-hee-EN-sis) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grazio On Oct 24, 2008, grazio from Ubud, BALI
Indonesia (Zone 11) wrote:

Easy to grow here in Bali and easily available in the gray/black flowered version. However, I once saw a variegated leaf version, same flower, but have never been able to relocate it. if anyone knows a source, pls advise. Or if you have simply seen this variety (variegata), I would like to know.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 2, 2003, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A potted specimen grows year round in my semi-shaded garden along with bromeliads. The foliage is beautiful and the strange inflorescence is most interesting. It doesn't seem to reseed as much as D. contrajerva, which comes up in other potted plants and all over my garden. I see this species isn't listed, so I'll get a photo and send it in.

Positive Monocromatico On Jun 28, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is what Id call a "genuine" tropical herb. It comes from the darkest places of the south american rain forests, groing in the organic soil. As its said, this species requires a highly fertile, constantly moist soil, with high temperatures as as most shadow as you could give to it. Also, its highly recomended that you protect the plant from winds.

This plant has a very short stem, part of it being underground, which grows laterally in rhyzomes, giving birth to new buds constantly, but not spreading too much. The leaves are shiny, dark green, and the main atraction of this plant. The inflorescence, if not beautiful, is at least interesting. It consists of satlk, with a round and flat grey receptacle in the tip, with microscopic flowers in the middle. The fruits are white, and they "jump" from the receptacle when mature. The plant can be propagated from cutting the rhyzomes.

It covers well exposed soil in greenhouses, dark corners, and shaded beds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Melbourne, Florida

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