Adromischus phillipsiae

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This is the Home page for Adromischus Displayed, a
horticultural reference web site. It is equivalent to a freely-distributed booklet containing:
  • Fifty-five pages of brief, but original, Species information with a distribution map and photograph for all recognised taxa.
  • Seventeen pages answering frequently asked Questions about cultivation, propagation, relationships, etc. plus a Quiz.
  • Six pages of selected Links to reference information about succulents and South Africa.
  • A page listing New Additions to this site.
As well as people who enjoy growing succulent plants, the selected links should interest anyone wanting to visit Southern Africa or study plants in greater depth.

Adromischus (plural Adromischi, or Adro's for short) are easily propagated, leaf succulents from the Crassulaceae (Stonecrop) family. Look closely at the diverse range of leaf shapes, textures and colours. They make good pot plants and, being relatively small, a wide selection can be grown in a modest space. All this comes with the benefit of succulence - watering can be infrequent.

The Adromischus Handbook
This web site displays only a small part of what you will find in The Adromischus Handbook, by John Pilbeam, Chris Rodgerson and Derek Tribble.

Hooray for the Internet! With this technology, we can easily share pictures and thus make plant identification easier. Would you have recognised this description as Adromischus hemisphaericus from the words alone?

"The fourth sort grows naturally at the Cape of Good Hope. This hath a thick succulent stalk, which rarely rises above a span high, dividing into many branches, garnished with short, thick, succulent leaves, which are very convex on their under side, but plain on their upper, not more than half an inch long, and a quarter broad, of a grayish colour spotted over with small green spots, and fit close to the branches : the foot-stalks of the flower rise from the top of the branches, and are six inches, long, naked, and support five or six flowers, which come out alternate from the side, sitting very close to the stalks ; they are tubular, and cut into five parts at the top ; these are greenish, with purple tips. It flowers in June, and July, but never produces seeds in England."

Philip Miller wrote this in his famous "Gardener's Dictionary", 8th Edition (1768), admittedly before specialised botanical terminology had been defined.

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2007 Photography and design by the author, Derek Tribble, London, UK