Flower of Frerea indica (Photo: Wolfgang Stuppy)
Frerea indica Dalzell
Rated as Endangered (E) in the Red Data Book of Indian Plants. Rated as Endangered (E) by IUCN.
Rock crevices on hill cliffs.
Makes an unusual greenhouse subject in temperate climates; cultivated by succulent plant enthusiasts.
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).
Caralluma frerei G.D.Rowley