GERANIACEAE are herbs or SUBSHRUBS. The SARCOCAULON are succulent, but other members of the family generally are not. Sometimes the leaves are PELTATE, opposite or alternate and normally have stipules, and usually are lobed or divided.
Regular or symmetrical are NORMALLY THE TYPE OF APPEARANCE OF THE FLOWERS. They are hermaphroditic, actinomorphic or radially symmetrical, like in Geranium or SLIGHTLY ZYGOMORPHIC (with a bilateral symmetry, like in Pelargonium). The CALYX and the COROLLA are both pentamerous with five lobe, petals are free while sepals are connate or united at the base. The ANDROECIUM consists in TWO WHORLS of five stamens each, some of which can be UNFERTILE, the pistil consists of five (less commonly three) merged carpels. The overy is superior and the linear stigmas are free. At the base of the antesepalous stamens are formed by the receptacle, and the NECTARIES are localised. On the adaxial side of the flower, pelargonium that has only one nectary gland. It is hidden in a tube-like cavity which is formed by the receptacle.Flower morphology is conserved within Geraniaceae, but there is a large diversity in floral architecture. Flowers are usually grouped in cymes, umbel (for example in Pelargonium) OR, MORE RARELY SPIKES.
The FRUIT has five or sometimes three achenes made in a UNIQUE SCHIZOCARP in the LOWER PART the achenes are INSIDE THE CALYS, while the UPPER PART or also called THE STYLAR BEAK is the style of the flower, looking like a kind of long beak over the achenes. If the style breaks into FIVE OR THREE HYGROSCOPICALLY, it means that the fruit is matured and is ready to absorb water bristles that curl, causing the achenes to be released.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MONSONIA CAMDEBOENSIS (CANDLE BUSH)
GERANIACEAE are NORMALLY POLLINATED by insects but SELF POLLINATION is NOT UNCOMMON
MONSONIA SPECIES are generally EASY TO CULTIVATE. This kind of plant is normally EASY TO CULTIVATE. With the EXCEPTION of MONSONIA CAMDEBOENSIS, RARELY PRODUCE an extensive new root system ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN TRANSPLANTED. It can survive for many years, but transplanted specimens flower sporadically in cultivation.
GROWTH OF MONSONIA CAMDEBOENSIS (CANDLE BUSH)
Sometimes, the branches grow roughly parallel to the ground, but this kind of species is a low growing shrub just up to 12 inches. Grayish-orange black are the color of long stems that are also waxy. When plants are EXPOSED ON SEVERE FROST, the small succulent leaves are DECIDUOUS DURING WINTER.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF MONSONIA CAMDEBOENSIS (CANDLE BUSH)?
SEED GROWN PLANTS, in contrast, thrive and flower PROLIFICALLY IN CULTIVATION. The IDEAL CULTIVATION medium for most species is SILT COLLECTED from the sides of road culverts, to which a SMALL AMOUNT of bone meal and some ordinary, sandy, garden soil has been added. In large trays, seeds should be sown just under the surface of the soil. They should be planted out INTO INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS when they are about 2 YEARS OLD.When the plants are about 2 years old, make sure to plant it out into INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS.
DIRECT SUNLIGHT is required in FULL GROWTH of MONSONIA SPECIES. They are active in GROWTH and USUALLY during dormancy, so make sure to REGULARLY WATER WHILST the plant.