ADROMISCHUS HEMISPHAERICUS (L.) Lem.
hemisphericus in error; rotundifolius
(Haw.) C.A. Smith)
Section: 1 Adromischus
Vredendal to Table Mountain to Greyton.
Flat leaves on stout stems, with or without red spots.
Robust and easy.
More variable in size than A. alstonii, with nice
dwarf forms towards the western coast. Widespread and difficult to
justify its separation.
Makin wrote article about searching for this species on the Cape
Peninsula, which is reproduced here from The
This is the type species for the genus
Adromischus and is typified by the engraving "Cotyledon Capensis, folio semiglobato" (.pdf file, slow to load, t.95, fig.111,
second un-numbered page, between text on pp.112-113) in J.J. Dillenius'
Hortus Elthamensis from the 1732 Edition.
A. hemisphaericus growing above
Sea Point, Cape Town. Photo: Chris Rodgerson.
hemisphaericus growing high on lichen encrusted sandstone
rocks in winter at Katbakkies, NE. Ceres.
again, nearby in the Swartruggens on the Blinkberg, showing summer dessication & colouring, photographed
by Bruce Bayer.