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Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos)

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skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.3m
Max height
1m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Zygosicyos tripartita

Other names

Zygosicyos tripartitus, Xerosicyos tripartitus, Zygosicyos

Genus

Zygosicyos Zygosicyos

Species

Z. tripartita - Z. tripartita is a borderline hardy, semi-evergreen, perennial succulent with a thick, swollen, spherical, tuber-like caudex, a short, thick stem bearing twining or prostrate branches with variably lobed, dark grey-green leaves, and tiny, yellow-green flowers in summer.


Zygosicyos tripartita is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Climbing, Prostrate

Toxicity

Will cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Whitefly Aphids , Whitefly

General care

Pruning

Stems require support.

Propagation

Requires a male and female plant to produce seed. Sow seed at 19-24C when ripe.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Desert garden/Xeriscaping, Drought Tolerant, Greenhouse, Indoor, Rock

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in cactus compost with in full light or bright filtered light & low humidity. In growth, water moderately & feed a low nitrogen fertiliser monthly. Keep dry when dormant, only watering to keep the caudex from shriveling. In frost-free areas, grow outdoors in moderately fertile, sharply drained, preferably neutral soil in sun or light shade. Keep the caudex shaded. Prone to rot so avoid wet winter conditions. Grows faster if the caudex below soil level. Will be deciduous if kept cold & dry in winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Zygosicyos tripartita

Other names

Zygosicyos tripartitus, Xerosicyos tripartitus, Zygosicyos

Genus

Zygosicyos Zygosicyos

Species

Z. tripartita - Z. tripartita is a borderline hardy, semi-evergreen, perennial succulent with a thick, swollen, spherical, tuber-like caudex, a short, thick stem bearing twining or prostrate branches with variably lobed, dark grey-green leaves, and tiny, yellow-green flowers in summer.

Native to

Madagascar

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Climbing, Prostrate

Toxicity

Will cause severe discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Whitefly

General care

Pruning

Stems require support.

Propagation

Requires a male and female plant to produce seed. Sow seed at 19-24C when ripe.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Desert garden/Xeriscaping, Drought Tolerant, Greenhouse, Indoor, Rock

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in cactus compost with in full light or bright filtered light & low humidity. In growth, water moderately & feed a low nitrogen fertiliser monthly. Keep dry when dormant, only watering to keep the caudex from shriveling. In frost-free areas, grow outdoors in moderately fertile, sharply drained, preferably neutral soil in sun or light shade. Keep the caudex shaded. Prone to rot so avoid wet winter conditions. Grows faster if the caudex below soil level. Will be deciduous if kept cold & dry in winter.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 12, Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos)

Common pest name

Oriental tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides claratris

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in parts of Asia and East Africa; where it can cause damage to solanaceous crops. Europe-wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Zygosicyos tripartita (Zygosicyos)

Common pest name

Soybean looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis includens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous insect pest; present in the Americas; with the potential to be damaging to UK glasshouse crops; particularly tomatoes

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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