Adromischus festivus

Adromischus festivus

Adromischus festivus

E' una piccola bellissima succulenta, alta fino a 7 cm, le foglie cilindriche sono lunghe 2,5-5 cm e sono punteggiate in verde scuro o rosso. Le piante adulte formano un grosso caudice o una larga porzione dilatata vicino al suolo.
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E' una piccola bellissima succulenta, alta fino a 7 cm, le foglie cilindriche sono lunghe 2,5-5 cm e sono punteggiate in verde scuro o rosso. Le piante adulte formano un grosso caudice o una larga porzione dilatata vicino al suolo.

Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)

Scientific name:  Adromiscus festivus  C.A. Smith

Section:
5 Longipedunculati

Origin:  South Africa (High up on mountains in the Eastern Cape, Noorsveld)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: Plover eggs, Knuppelplakkie

Synonyms:  

  • Adromiscus cooperi (Bak.) A. Berger
  • Cotyledon cooperi
  • Adromischus pachylophus C.A. Smith

Adromischus festivus
It is absolutely adorable.

Description: Dwarf succulent, up to 7 cm tall, leaves 2.5 to 5 cm long. Form groups of stems.
Stem: Knobbly, stout very short, prostrate, with sparse branching. Older plants develop a massive caudex or large swollen area near the ground. Stems lacks root-hairs  (unlike A. cristatus)
Roots: Fibrous roots
Leaves: Fat, glabrous, small semi cylindrical, more or less mottled with dark green to red based on the exhibition of the plant to the light. Juvenile leaves can be broad with a long margin.
Flowers: Very small, sessile, white-cream or pinkish with violet tones, dusty looking, on a 25-60cm tall inflorescence.
Fruit:
Fruit a dry many seeded follicle.

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

Cultivation: They prefer well-drained soil in a partially shaded position and require a minimum temperature 5°C (But hardy down to -7°C 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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