Are South Africans aware of Adromischus?
South Africans are aware that their country has a
wonderful flora, few are interested in growing
pot plants, let alone succulents. The main Botanical Society supports the national
network of SANBI botanical gardens where a
few species of Adromischus are grown. A
substantial collection of Adromischus was
cultivated in the early 1990's at the Jo'burg
Botanical Garden/Park by Emmarentia Dam. There is
also a society to support amateur succulent
growers, called the Succulent Society of South
might know their local Adro's as
"Kleinplakkies", smaller relatives of Cotyledon species "Plakkies".
diminutive A. marianiae "herrei" (left) in a 2" (5 cm.)
pot, as featured on this Republic of
South Africa stamp, painted by Hein Botha
in 1988, one of the 5th definite issue
illustrating succulent plants.
In the early 1990's, a delightful
set of South African stamps featured succulent
plants. One of the best Adro's was featured, but
on a reel stamp with very low face value. Thus it
probably did not get widely used and may not have
raised the status of Adro's much!
poor drawing of A. umbraticola (as A.
saxicola) appeared on a 50c Mexican