Anacampseros tomentosa

Synonyms:

Anacampseros filamentosa subs. tomentosa

Habitat:

Anacampseros tomentosa is endemic to Northern Namibia, along and north of the Orange River. It grows in steep slopes, among quartz in rock-crevices, in cliffs and riverbeds where is frequently associated with succulent mesembs.

Description:

Anacampseros tomentosa is a short columnar succulent, up to 5-10 cm tall. Closely packed leaves cover the few, fleshy branches. Leaves are ovate-globose, dark green, surfaced with thin cobweb-like hairs. This succulent present numerous, withis axillary threads longer than leaves. In summer, A. tomentosa will bloom with an inflorescence up to 8 cm, with 3-5 red-violet flowers.

Cultivation:

This slow-growing succulent does well in well-draining rocky or sandy soils. If cultivated in containers, it needs a free draining mineral compost, with little organic matters if cultivated in containers; once a year, it should be repotted to get a healthier and larger-sized plant. During winter, it should be moved indoors, and kept completely dr at 5-10°Cy. From early watering should be increased bit by bit until late spring (when the plant should be in full growth). During summer, it need a regular, copious watering, letting the soil get dry before watering again; anyway, it is important not to wet the plants while it is in sunlight: this could cause burning, scars, fungal infections. During winter, the plant should be forced in a state of semi-dormancy, so keep it dry.

Propagation:

Propagation can be done by stem cuttings or by seeds.

Curiosity:

In its natural habitat, Anacampseros tomentosa can perfectly camouflage, and if it is not blooming it gets really difficult to find it.

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