Aloinopsis luckhoffi

Synonyms:

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitat:

This plant is native from South Africa, it lives in dry habitats from 300 to 500 meters of altitude above sea level.

Description:

Aloinopsis luckhoffi forms creeping bushes 3-5 centimeters high. Its succulent leaves are arranged in rosettes and they have the typical shape of a spoon of Aloinopsis genus, but at their top they have a peculiar enlargement in which the surface of leaf becomes scaled, instead of smooth as in the rest of it. The scales are very small and this make the leaves very beautiful. Flowers are yellow, solitary, with numerous yellow thin petals, longer than the central bottom.

Cultivation:

Aloinopsis luckhoffi is not difficult to grow. The tips for its cultivation are the same to the ones given for the other plants of Aloinopsis genus. It needs bright light except during the hottest hours of the day. Water it once a week during the summer and every 2-3 weeks in the other seasons. Its substrate should be well-drained: a cactus mix could suit it needings. Aloinopsis is a genus of dwarf plants, so repotting is seldom necessary. This plant can survive to minimum temperatures of -4ºC, but it’s actually better to keep them indoors in winter.

Propagation:

Propagation can be made either by cuttings or by seeds. Seeding should be done in dry substrate. Cuttings can be taken from the many rosettes of the plant, especially where the roots emerge

Curiosity:

The name of the genus Aloinopsis means “aloe-like”, as similarities can be seen with some dwarf species of Aloe.

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