Dendrophorbium peregrinum is native to Bolivia to NW. Argentina, it is part of the Asteraceae family. It is thought to be a hybrid between Curio rowleyanus and Kleinia articulata. Leaves resemble small dolphins and there is lots of confusion about whether or not this is a naturally occurring hybrid.
This plant needs light from above to maintain a full crown. The flowers of this plant are small, round puffballs.
It's important to be mindful when top-watering these plants as they are prone to crown rot.
Genus name comes from the Latin ‘Dendro’ meaning tree, ‘phor’ meaning bearer. Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘peregrinus’ meaning ‘foreign’.
Pot: ø 8.5cm.
Foliage: Approximately 10cm.
Light: The light this plant is exposed to in its native environment would still be far greater than the light in our homes. Position this plant in a very bright indirectly lit spot, this plant can also tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight. A lot of light can result in the leaves developing a red/purple flush.
Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely in between waterings.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite, grit and horticultural sand.
Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Spring and summer 18-30˚C, autumn and winter 10-13˚C
Humidity: Average humidity; if the humidity is particularly high, good ventilation is key to prevent mildew and fungal disease.
Dendrophorbium peregrinum are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.