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Frerea indica

Frerea indica is an endangered succulent restricted to Maharashtra in western India.
Flower of Frerea indica

Flower of Frerea indica (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Frerea indica Dalzell

Common name: 

None.

Conservation status: 

Rated as Endangered (E) in the Red Data Book of Indian Plants. Rated as Endangered (E) by IUCN.

Habitat: 

Rock crevices on hill cliffs.

Key Uses: 

Makes an unusual greenhouse subject in temperate climates; cultivated by succulent plant enthusiasts.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Gentianales
Family: 
Apocynaceae
Genus: Frerea

About this species

An attractive succulent with star-shaped flowers, Frerea indica is the only species in the genus Frerea. It was first described by Nicol A. Dalzell in 1865 from the Junnar hills of the Pune district of Maharashtra state in India. Dalzell dedicated the new genus to Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere (1815-1884) as a mark of esteem and respect, and to encourage scientific research in India.

Based on differences in habit, Dalzell concluded that F.indica should be treated under the genus Frerea rather than in Caralluma (although the alternative name C. frerei is used by some).

Synonym: 

Caralluma frerei G.D.Rowley

Genus: 
Frerea

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