Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus

Gonolobus or Matelea cyclophyllus

(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)

Matelea cyclophylla goes by the common name Milk Vines. It belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family and is a native of Mexico. The heart-shaped green foliage covers the caudex that grows to about 2 cm in height and a vine that grows to almost 2 meters. The burgundy or brown flowers are unusually pretty as well as symmetrical and grow well from Spring to Summer, the blooming season. The winter-dormant slow-growing frost-hardy succulent grows well in partial shade.

Growth Rate
Gonolobus cyclophyllus is a slow-growing houseplant.

From Spring till Summer, during the blooming season, the plant bears burgundy or brown colored flowers in the shape of a bat sea star.

Watering and Feeding
A key aspect of Matelea cyclophylla care is watering. However, the plant does not prefer a lot of water, especially when there are no leaves. The plant will rot to death in such a condition. It, during the growing season, needs frequent watering. However, during the dormant season, the plant should be kept dry.

This succulent requires well-drained soil. Use a porous soil mix for best growth.

Milk Vines are frost-hardy. The hardiness zone is 10a. The temperature range for impressive growth is between 30 °F to 35 °F (-1.1 °C to +1.7 °C).

The light requirement of Gonolobus cyclophyllus is partial shade. The caudex should be shaded while the leaves should get a good amount of sunlight.

Seed propagation is the best for healthy Gonolobus cyclophyllus succulents.

Growing on limestone cliffs, Matelea cyclophylla in their native region can get invisible. They camouflage in the dry season and cannot be spotted by amateurs. Get this interesting variety now!

Blooming Season -
Common Name Gonolobus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Yellow
Frost Tolerance 10°c 
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 9 to 11
Height 1 m
Origin Uruguay
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Gonolobus cyclophyllus
Shape Globose
Sun Exposure Partial shade

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Peter T.
United States United States

Fatty Caudex Tree

I love these different specimens of caudex plants and trees that I have purchased from Planet Desert! This one arrived in great condition with a fat little base and a happy little trunk!

Logan K.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Main stem was snapped upon arrival (damage...

Main stem was snapped upon arrival (damaged occurred during shipping because the break was fresh), but otherwise packaged perfectly and arrived healthy. A couple of days after unboxing, there was already signs of new foliage and caudex growth. Great plants and fast shipping

Donna B.

Received, plant is in perfect condition. P...

Received, plant is in perfect condition. Packed securely. It's outside and breathing fresh air. Thank you. Sending sunshine and butterflies your way. Happy holidays �⛄️


Planet Desert

Thank you Donna! Butterflies and sunshine to you as well!

Mindless W.

caudex a little smaller than pictured. def...

caudex a little smaller than pictured. definitely a bit too dried out. but it will recover. pretty good for the price on this harder to find one.

United States United States

Plant is doing great!

The pictures are true to the specimen I received. It has been doing very well in the few weeks I've had it with new leaves and clear signs of growth on the little caudex. I attached a photo of the plant when I received it a few weeks ago and a couple of photos of how it looks today.

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Matelea Gonolobus cyclophyllus

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