Habitat: South America: Brasil, Bolivia, Chile.
Cultivation: Abromeitiella is a drought tolerant genus of plant, and it needs plenty of sun or partial shade depending on the species.
Curiosity: The name “Abrometiella” is actually outdated: modern DNA tests showed that these plants actually belong to another genus, Deuterocohnia, but the name “Abromeitiella” is still used.
Abromeitiella plants are mat-forming succulents with spined leaves arranged in numerous rosettes. They grow slowly and sometimes form cushion-shaped colonies. Their inflorescence is not so showy: flowers are generally green and very small. However, they are pretty plant to be grown in rocky gardens especially for the peculiar shapes of their colonies. In their natural enviroment, they almost never receive water, and they have developed the capacity to absorbe water from the humidity of the air!
VARIETY AND TYPES
The genus Abromeitiella is widespread in many regions of South America. Here below are some species of Abromeitiella. In the case of uncertain genus attribution, the alternative names are in parenthesis. Try to check our online shop in the section “Abromeitiella” to find some of them!
- A. abstrusa
- A. brevifolia
- A. brevifolia subsp. chlorantha
- A. chlorantha
- A. lorentziana
- A. lotteae
- A. pulvinata
- A. scapigera
TIPS FOR GROWING
Here below are our tips for growing Abromeitiellas:
- Put Abromeitiella plants in a bright spot;
- Abromeitiellas are really cold resistent: they can bear temperatures until -7ºC. However, they can’t stand water on their foliage, especially in Winter: this make the cultivation outdoors hard to realize;
- Water Abromeitiellas regularly during the Summer and keep it dry in Winter. While watering, pay attention not to wet the leaves: these plants hate it especially in cold weathers;
- Use a well drained substrate: a cactus mix is the better option.
- Abromeitiella are generally slow-growing plant, but they form maps, so they need space to develope. Repotting frequency is different depending on the species considered.
- Propagation is generally made through cuttings of the rosettes, more rarely though seeds.