Common Name: string of pearls, string of peas, bead plant, rosary vine
Origin: Curio rowelynaus orignates from South America
Description: The Curio rowleyanus is an evergreen, vine-like succulent that grows with a creeping habit (1,2). The stems grow up to 3ft long, and it anchors itself along the ground with shallow roots at each node (1,2,3,4). The leaves are alternately positioned along the stem (1). Each pea shaped leaf is bulbous, fleshy, rich jade green in color, and roughly ¼" in diameter, terminating into a tapered point at the apex (1,2,3). The leaves of the string of pearl plant have an epidermal window that appears as a dark green stripe down its sides (1,2). This plant develops ½ inch cylindrical discoid flowers that lack ray-florets, on the end of 1-2 inch long stalks (1,3,4). The flowers are white/cream colored, with elongated red stamens that protrude past the corolla, with bright yellow anthers (1,2,3,4). The flowers are fragrant, with a spicy, cinnamon-like scent (1,2,3). The seeds each have a white feathery pappus to facilitate wind dispersal (1).
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