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Accepted Scientific Name: Aloinopsis schooneesii L. Bolus
Notes Mesembryanthemum [H.M.L. Bolus] 2: 295. 1931 [24 Sep 1931] L. Bolus
Origin and Habitat: Willowmore, Eastern cape, South Africa.
Aloinopsis schooneesii L. Bolus
Notes Mesembryanthemum [H.M.L. Bolus] 2: 295. 1931 [24 Sep 1931]
- Aloinopsis schooneesii L. Bolus
- Nananthus schooneesii (L. Bolus) L. Bolus
- Aloinopsis schooneesii var. acutipetala L. Bolus
- Aloinopsis schooneesii var. willowmorensis L. Bolus
Description: Aloinopsis schooneesii var. willowmorensis is one of the local or morphological form of the succulent mesembs Aloinopsis schooneesii.
Remarks: Aloinopsis schooneesii var. willowmorensis and Aloinopsis schooneesii are very similar (if not the same) and it is hard to tell apart one from the others, if not for the geographical provenance and they are not considered distinct.
Habit: It is a perennial-succulent. The plant branches much at the base to form dense mats of clustered rosettes.
Leaves: Thick, small knob-like dark blue-green, finely warty and textured that form low rosettes.
Flowers: Daisy-like, silky, yellowish bronze with a file darker line at the centre of each petal and quite large compared to the tiny leaves. Should bloom at the end of winter if it gets enough light and if it is too cloudy the flowers fail to open entirely.
Roots: Has a gorgeous, tuberous root system will eventually form large caudex in time.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Aloinopsis schooneesii group
Notes: Aloinopsis schoonesii is not all that common, a bit of a specialist plant. It has a large taproot so it is very resistant to drough. When it is potted up, the plant can be progressively raised over the ground so that some of the roots can be seen and is especially cultivated for their looks. Architecturally it is a real stunner. When the "caudex" shape of the raised roots is adequately in evidence this plant is incomparable.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Heidrun E.K. Hartmann “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Aizoaceae F-Z” Springer Science & Business Media, 2002
2) Gideon Smith u.a. “Mesembs of the World: Illustrated Guide to a Remarkable Succulent Group.” Briza Publications, 1998
3) Burgoyne, P.M. 2006. Aloinopsis schooneesii L.Bolus. National Assessment: "Red List of South African Plants" version 2014.1. Accessed on 2014/07/11
4) Gideon Smith u.a. (Hrsg.) "Mesembs of the World: Illustrated Guide to a Remarkable Succulent Group." Briza Publications, 1998
5) Hermann Jacobsen “A handbook of succulent plants: descriptions, synonyms, and cultural details for succulents other than Cactaceae, Volume 1” Blandford Press, 1960
6) Werner Rauh “The Wonderful World of Succulents:Cultivation and Description of Selected Succulent Plants Other Than Cacti” Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984
7) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey “The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass” Cambridge University Press, 11/ago/2011
8) Bailey, L. H. & E. Z. Bailey. "Hortus Third" MacMillan, New York. 1976
Cultivation and Propagation: Prefer full sun to part sun but, should be protected from excessive heat and sun in summer as it will redden with more light exposure. Regular water in summer (but always allow to dry out before you water again), keep quite dry in winter. Needs deeper pot and excellent drainage to accommodate the tap root, It can be kept for years in a 7x7 cm pot, and should be repotted only every 2-3 years . It is also perfect for the bright windowsill. Frost hardy to -12° C. It will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flowers, in winter if it gets good light (direct sunlight is essential to bloom well). It is probably dormant in summer so that it is usually recommended of don't water much in summer and don't be surprised if it doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers they will anyway grow in summer if given water.
Propagation: Cuttings or (rarely) seeds
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