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Blossoms open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Close related species - Turnera diffusa, Turnera aphrodisiaca (Damiana), highly valued medicinal plant.
stimulant, smoked or extract drunk in water or , more effective, alcohol. Contain essential oil, tannin and other active ingredients. Damiana is one of the more notorious herbal aphrodisiacs and has the reputation of being a superlative sexual tonic. It is a mood-elevating aromatic herb that helps calm anxiety and induce a relaxed state of mind, considered especially useful when anxiety and depression are discouraging sexual arousal. Damiana lends a delightful energy and flavor to wines and sundry other erotic potions.
Uncarina decaryi is is similar to Uncarina grandidieri, but its leaves are more deeply lobed.
Uncarina grandidieri is a most attractive plant. Deciduous shrub or small tree to 25ft, trunk up to 1ft in diameter. Abundant water when growing, keep on the dry side when dormant.
The flower resembles a large Petunia in form and is bright yellow with a dark throat, as in the Thunbergia alata. The stems are stout and become thickened with age. The hairy leaves resemble those of the cotton plant. They are sticky to the touch and yield a musty odor when rubbed. The leaves are deciduous during the winter resting season. Fruit has small inwardly pointed barbs mounted on 3/4in pedicels. Don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers.
Close related species - Pedalium murex.
This very rare unusual succulent from Madagascar has spectacular yellow flowers with black centers and soft velvet leaves, pleasant to touch. Uncarina peltata is quite rare and not the easiest subject. Grows in well-drained soil, and unlike many succulents, prefers lots of water along with full sun. Forms large caudex.
The plant goes dormant in winter and stays leafless during dormancy.
This unusual succulent caudex plant from Madagascar has 2" bright yellow flowers and soft velvet leaves, so fun to touch. The flowers are follower by 1.5-2" size, bizarre looking fruit with multiple sticky "horns", those you don't want to touch! They stick to about anything, using miscoscopic hooks on the end of each "horn". The plant grows in well-drained soil, and unlike many succulents, prefers lots of water along with full sun. It forms large caudex. The stem can reach 6 ft.