Avonia quinaria ssp. quinaria
Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria is widespread from South-Eastern Namibia to north-eastern Namaqualand, in South Africa. Its habitat are the environments of Nama Karoo and Succulent Karoo. It preferes quarzite slopes to grow. This species is not threatened with extinction.
Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria is a dwarf perennial plant, composed of a rootball which works as a storage of water and nutrients to survive to the hard condition of its habitat, from which numerous stems develop. The stems are really thin (2 mm of diameter), pale green, casually arranged like short tentacles (4-5 centimeters long), covered in whitish scales which are the stipules and hide the leaves, tiny, green, globous. The flowers are pinkish red, with 5 petals, tiny.
The tips for cultivation of Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria are more or less the same to the ones to cultivate Avonia quinaria ssp.alstonii: actually they are both subspecies of Avonia quinaria. Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria needs a bright spot, exposed to direct sunlight. Use a well-draining substrate to cultivate it. You can use a cactus mix as a substrate, or either add perlite to a normal substrate. Its bulb should always remain covered. Repotting is generally not necessary, being Avonias dwarf succulents. This plant can survive until -5ºC, but, in winter, to avoid damages, it’s better to keep it indoors. Water Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria twice a week in summer, with little water. Wait until the soil is completely dry to water again. Avoid watering in winter. Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria can tolerate underwatering thanks to its big rootball which is a storage of water, and it’s really better to underwater it than to overwater it.
The propagation of Avonia Quinaria Subsp. Quinaria is done by seeds. Sow as fresh as possible, at a temperature between 15 and 20ºC and keep them moist until they germinate.
The name of the genus Avonia comes from the Latin word “avus”, which means “grandfather”, referring to its white scales.
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