Adromischus triflorus

Synonyms:

Adromischus procurvus
Adromischus robustus
Adromischus subcompressus
Adromischus subpetiolatus
Cotyledon procurva
Cotyledon triflora

Habitat:

It’s mainly found in the Cape province, in south-western Karoo (a semidesert in South Africa), and from near Worcester to Willowmore and Mossel Bay, in little Karoo. It commonly grows in the lower slopes, in gravelly soils.

Description:

It is a perennial with little branches stems grouped in a dense rosette, and fibrous roots. It finally becomes a small shrub. Leaves are ob-triangular, heart shaped, crested at the apex, light green to brown orange, with a red margin on the broadest, apical part. Red spots are occasionally present upon the leaf, mainly restricted on the upper half. The inflorescence is a grey-green thyrse ( a cluster-like inflorescence). Flowers are yellowish-green, almost white sometimes, 1 centimeters long. The flowering period is from November to January.

Cultivation:

This plant doesn’t like too much sun. It prefers bright positions, but not under direct sun light. It’s drought tolerant, so water it more or less twice a month in spring and summer, its growth season, and once a month in winter. It can survive at a minimum temperature of 5ºC. It requires well drained soils to imitate the gravelly slopes which are its natural habitat.

Propagation:

The best method to propagate it is leaf cutting, which consist  in putting a leaf, cut using a sharp knife, in soil, and wait until it has put roots.

Curiosity:

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

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www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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