It is a very nice free blooming
Habits: Small cushion forming
and low growing leaf succulent.
Stem: Very short with only 4 to 8 leaves.
Leaves: (1,5-)3-6(-8) cm long, pale grey
to dusty green, fat, succulent
, narrowing from a broad
base, the upper leaf surface forms a flat and almost equal side
triangle. The new leaves appear from within the old leaf pair
fissure which gives the impression of the plant having sets of alternate
Flowers: 3-5 cm wide yellow, with 43-48 petals, 130-140 stamens.
Fruit: With low rims up to 1,2 mm tall.
Seeds: 0,8 mm long x 0,45 mm broad.
Blooming season: Autumn.
S. loeschiana is very similar with S. herrei but
it has shorter leaves and is broader and stouter.
Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Scientific name: Schwantesia
loeschiana A. Tischer
In: Jahrbuch der Deutcschen Kakteengesellschft 1:
Origin: Namibia (Lüderitz-South) to South Africa (Namaqualand)
Often found growing among quartzite stones.
name 'schwantesia' comes from Gustav Schwantes
(1881-1960), German professor of prehistory at Kiel University, and
Mesemb specialist. (Aizoaceae)
triebneri L. Bolus 1937
- Schwantesia herrei var.
minor L.Bolus 1958
- Schwantesia herrei
L.Bolus forma major G.D.Rowley 1973
Schwantesia loeschiana Rosh Pina
Schwantesia is easy to grow. These plants grow in winter rain areas and
head for dormancy in summer. Requires little water, otherwise its
epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Regular water in autumn
through to spring. Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts
shrivelling but it will generally grow even in summer if given water.
Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, needs full sun
or light shade. Hardy to -2°C.