This is the Home page for Adromischus
Displayed, a horticultural
web site. It is equivalent
to a freely-distributed booklet containing:
well as people who enjoy growing succulent plants, the selected
links should interest anyone wanting to visit Southern Africa
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 cultivation,
propagation, relationships, etc. plus a Quiz.
pages of selected Links to reference information about
succulents and South Africa.
page listing New Additions to this site.
(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.
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."
wrote this in his famous "Gardener's Dictionary", 8th Edition (1768),
admittedly before specialised botanical terminology had been defined.
Page Last Updated: Dec 2007
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