Avonia baeseckei

Synonyms:

Anacampseros baeseckei

Habitat:

Avonia baeseckei is widespread in Northern Namibia and South Africa. In particularly, it’s widespread in Northern Cape province, Namaqualand and Bushmanland.

Description:

Avonia baeseckei is a dwarf perennial plant, composed by cylindrical erect stems, 2-8 centimeters long, with a diameter of more or less 1,5 centimeters. On the stems there are globose, succulent, rounded leaves, closely packed to each others, 4 mm long and 3 mm wide. On the leaves there is a felt-like, soft, white substance and a brownish spot. Flowers are bright pink, they have five petals and they develop upon a brownish, succulent stem, taller than the entire plant.

Cultivation:

The main problems in the cultivation of Avonia baeseckei are overwatering and cold. Avonia baeseckei needs a bright spot, exposed to direct sunlight, for flowering and develop. Its roots are fine and fibrous, and need a well-draining substrate. You can use a cactus mix as a substrate, or either add perlite to a normal substrate. Clay, shallow pots are recommended to help drainage. Repotting is generally not necessary, being Avonia baeseckei a dwarf succulent. This plant can survive until -5ºC, but, in winter, to avoid damages, it’s better to keep it indoors. Water Avonia baeseckei twice a week in summer, with little water. Wait until the soil is completely dry to water again. Avoid watering in winter.

Propagation:

Propagation of Avonia baeseckei is done by seeds.

Curiosity:

The name of the genus Avonia comes from the Latin word “avus”, which means “grandfather”, referring to its white scales.

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Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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