Cerochlamys pachyphylla

Synonyms:

Mesembryanthemum pachyphyllum

Habitat:

Cerochlamys pachyphylla is native to South Africa, specifically from Western Cape Province, Lesotho, Swaziland. It grows on sandstone rocks in dry habitats.

Description:

Cerochlamys pachyphylla is a tufty plant: its stems are really reduced at they beginning and they form clumps later. Its leaves are succulent but rigid, brownish-green, hull-shaped, arranged in pairs, 5-7 centimeters long and 0,8 centimeters wide. Cerochlamys pachyphylla’s blooming period occurs in January and February. Its pretty flowers are 1 to 3, pink, 2.5 centimeters in diameter.

Cultivation:

Cerochlamys pachyphylla is not too difficult tu cultivate. It needs a bright spot but it’s tolerant to dim light. They adapt to poor soils better if sandy, but also if rocky. The minimum tolerable temperature for this plant is around 6-8ÂșC. This plant doesn’t grow in height, but it needs space to develop horizontally, cause it’s a creepy plant. Water Cerochlamys pachyphylla every 3-4 days, waiting until the soil dries completely before each watering. Fertilizers have to be applied once a month using a specific product for succulents: use half the quantity recommended in the product label.

Propagation:

Propagation can be made by branch cuttings. When planted, the soil must be maintained humid until they have rooted.

Curiosity:

The name “Cerochlamis” derives from Greek and literally means “growth” and “shield”, referring to the waxy wrap that covers the plant, protecting it as a shield from the sun and bad weather.

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