|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I obtain Adromischus?
nurseries: My good friend Chris Rodgerson is willing to
sell Adromischus leaves from his comprehensive collection in Sheffield,
England. See his Conophytum Nursery web site for contact details
(preferably email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask!
& Ine Grootscholten at their Succulenta
Kwekerij in Honselersdijk, Netherlands also sell a good
range of species, email: email@example.com. Try also Jean-André
Fouras, France. In South Africa, the best two nurseries for
Adromischus plants are Kotie Retief & Sean Gildenhuys at Gariep Plants in Hatfield in Pretoria, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and Sheilam
Robertson, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
other specialist cactus and succulent plant nurseries on the Internet
can be found via the Cactus-Mall portal web site, but others
that I know only sell a few species of Adromischus. I would be very
happy to be able to recommend more nursery sources here!
the veld: Although CITES permits are not applicable to
Adromischus, it is illegal under South African law to collect succulent
plants (protected flora) from the veld. To pick succulents legally, you
need a plant collection permit, the landowner's written permission and
then maybe phytosanitary certificates to take plants out of South
Africa - see this on-line article from Veld & Flora (1999). Such flora permits can be issued by the Cape Nature Conservation Board or see this SANBI Contacts List, but their requirements are
not readily achievable by amateurs!
plant material collected should be the minimum amount needed for
research or propagation. It must be thoroughly cleaned and subsequently
quarantined. In my opinion, it is quite immoral by modern standards to
collect wild plants for direct sale, or for showing off as holiday
trophies! The days of financing a trip by selling plants have long
since passed. Even after legal collection from the veld with the
landowner's permission, nurseries should never sell plants before
propagation and selection for suitability in cultivation. So says,
certificates: Most countries require these health certificates for the import of plant and plant
products e.g. seeds, bulbs, cut flowers, etc. whether wild or nursery
grown. In South Africa, phytosanitary certificates are issued by the
Directorate: Plant and Quality Control, Department of Agriculture,
which has offices at airports and other locations throughout the
country. They do not appear to have an on-line web site giving
have bought succulents in SA nurseries and taken them to be inspected
for good health at the tall Custom's Building office, just outside the
harbour in Cape Town. You do not need an appointment there, but would
at CT Airport which is not always staffed. You will need receipts for
purchase/donation on headed paper. Thus I have been able to carry
plants home with me on my flight. Always take them as hand luggage,
since it can get very hot/cold in aircraft luggage bays.
thoughts: As is so often the case, the best source is to
beg or swap leaves with friends. Adromischus leaves travel well, if in
a rigid container, via the postal service. To quote Ron Ginns from NCSJ
(1973) vol. 28:2 p. 39: " As evidence of ease of propagation, my A.
roaneanus came to me as a single leaf enclosed in an airmail
letter without any packing, from Rhodesia. It is certainly authentic,
as it was sent by Mr Roan ..."