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  Adromischus schuldtianus
(Syn: Cotyledon schuldtiana  )
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Adromischus schuldtianus
A very pretty tiny, compact, shrub, building a caudex.
 

Description: A very pretty tiny, compact, shrub, building a caudex, variable in size up to 7 cm tall and 15 cm in diameter.
Stem: Short, erect, tapering, basally tuberose up to 4 cm or more, grey to grey green with peeling bark, distal parts 8-10 mm. Younger leave bearing branches 5-7 mm in diameter.
Rottstock (Caudex): Very thickened.
Roots: Fibrous.
Leaves: Rounded, obovate dorsiventrally compressed, easily caducous up to 2.5 cm long, 1.2 cm wide (thickness 0,3-0,7 cm, dusty white-green mottled with few translucent grey-green to maroon spots or unspotted. Margin acute in upper part horny, undulating or crimped and often with a maroon- purplish tinge, upper face flat to convex, base cuneate, apex rounded to obtuse.
Flowers: Dull green to white or tinged to pink, deep mauve in the throat, on a 20 to 40 cm tall inflorescence, corolla tube pale green, peduncle 3-12 mm long.
 

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Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)

Scientific name: Adromischus schuldtianus ssp. schuldtianus (V. Poelln.) H.E. Moore
In: Baileya, 20 (1): 29, 1976

Section:
5 Longipedunculati

Origin:  Central & SW. Namibia( & Northern Cape South Africa?). This is the most north-westerly Adromischus species.

Habitat: Often filling up cracks on granite hills.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: Plover eggs, Knuppelplakkie

Synonyms:  

  • Cotyledon schuldtiana V Poelnitz 1936

Since this species has highly variable in leaf markings and colour, it is worth collecting many forms.

A. schuldtianus is separated into three:

  • subsp. Schuldtianus
  • subsp. brandbergensis
  • subsp. juttae

 

 

 



Cultivation:
They prefer well-drained soil in a partially shaded position and require a minimum temperature 5C (But hardy down to -7C for short periods), with good drainage and dryness in winter to resist the cold. Let the soil dry between soaking, in the wild, it receives rain mostly in spring and fall. Must have very dry atmosphere.
They are vulnerable to
mealybugs and rarely scale. It is prone to rotting from the tuberous base or from dried inflorescences. As the plant matures, the centre becomes bare. When it does, restart it from side cuttings and throw away the central part.

Propagation: Usually propagate from single leaves (leaf cuttings) or stem cuttings seed propagation is rarely used.
Twist off a leaf and permit it to dry out a couple of days, lay it on the soil and insert the stem end partially into the soil. The original leaf should not be removed until it has dried up. Try to keep the leaf somewhat upright so that the roots are able to grow downward. If grown in a container, bottom watering by immersing the container is recommended.

 

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