This is the Home
page for Adromischus Displayed,
a horticultural reference web site. It is equivalent to a
freely-distributed booklet containing:
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.
pages of brief, but original, Species
information with a distribution
map and photograph for all recognised taxa.
pages answering frequently asked Questions about
relationships, etc. plus a Quiz.
pages of selected Links to
reference information about
succulents and South Africa.
page listing New
Additions to this
(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
web site displays only a small
part of what you will find in The
Adromischus Handbook, by John
Pilbeam, Chris Rodgerson and
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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