Adromischus liebenbergii

Synonyms:

No synonims are used for this species name.

Habitat:

This species, as the others of the genus Adromischus, can be found in South Africa, only around Laingsburg and Whitehill (Cape Province) where it grows on exposed rocky slopes.

Description:

It’s a perennial with fibrous roots and little branched stems up to 20 centimeters long. Leaves are light green, pointed (mucronated), flattened, vaguely drop-shaped. They can be also rhombic. The flowering period of Adromischus liebenbergii is in December and January, and the inflorescence is the spike-like thyrse typical of Adromischus genus, it is generally 20 centimeters long. Flowers are pale green with sometimes shades of red, and they are tiny (1 centimeter long).

Cultivation:

As the other species of the genus Adromischus, A.liebenbergii needs a well-drained soil, so you shouldn’t water it very often (once a month in winter, twice a month in spring and summer). It’s better to keep it indoor, to protect it from the winter rains. The survival temperature of this plant is around 5 ºC. It bears better low temperatures if the soil is kept dry. If it turns too much dry, leaves can fall.

Propagation:

Leaf cutting is the best method of propagation, considering that, also in its natural environment, new individuals are often generated from falling leaves. It consists in cutting a leaf with a sharp knife, putting it in the soil, and waiting until it has put new roots.

Curiosity:

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

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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