Stephania Erecta's are different to most other houseplants in that they go dormant at least once year. The leaves will die off but it will regrow the following year. This is completley normal.
This houseplant is unique and endearing to plant growers of all skill levels because it starts off looking like something grubby and potato-like, but then grows into something quite beautiful.
The Stephania erecta can vary in size, but on average it reaches around three feet in height. This growth takes place slowly, with some plants taking 20 years to reach full maturity.
First discovered in the early 20th century it was placed into the already-constructed genus of Stephania, which can be translated from Greek to mean 'crown'. Within twenty years, the species was reclassified as Stephania pierrei, honouring French botanist, Jean Baptiste Louis Pierre. The original specific epithet, erecta refers to the pointed branches that emerge from a dormant caudex. This species grows in the wild across Cambodia, Laos, Thailand & Vietnam.
Light: Stephania Erecta enjoys a bright, indirect spot with some sunshine. The brighter the light the better.
Water: Regularly water during the active growing season (March-September). Do not let any water stand around the base of the caudex. Keep completley dry in the winter (dormant) season.
Temperature: Don't allow to sit in a room under 15°C or permenant damage may occur.