Adromischus sphenophyllus


Adromischus rhombifolius var. bakeri


This species is widespread in the eastern Cape Province, where is the most common Adromischus. It can be found usually growing between the dry vegetation of the Karoo, a semidesert area of South Africa but occasionally also in rocky outcrops in less dry areas.


This plant has a little branched stem and fibrous roots. Its leaves are grey-green, from rounded to mucronate (“mucronate” is a botanical term which is mainly used to described leaves with a pointy apex). Often, close to the margin, they have red-purple blurs.  The margin forms a straight line from broadest point at the apex towards the thin base. In botany, this shape of a leaf is called “lanceolate”. The flowering period of Adromischus sphenophyllus is in December and January. The flowers are really small (0,9-11 centimeters long), and they are grey tinged red. They are grouped in the typical spike-like inflorescence of the Adromischus.


For the plant belonging to the genus Adromischus, tips for cultivation are more or less the same: keep it in a well-drained soil, in a bright or partially shaded position. This plants can also bear cold temperatures, but never below 5ºC.  In winter, water it seldom: more or less once a month, so it can resist better to cold temperatures. In spring and summer, water it more often, more or less twice a month.


Leaf cutting is the best way to propagate it. Cut a leaf with a sharp knife, put it in soil and wait until new root have formed. This generally happens when the leaf dries up.


The name ” Adromischus” comes from the ancient Greek adros (=thick) and mischos (=stem).

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