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Accepted Scientific Name: Conophytum velutinum Schwantes
Möller's deutsche gärtner-zeitung 42: 139 1927 Möller
Origin and Habitat: South Africa (Northern Cape, Little Namaqualand)
Habitat: Growing in a well drained soil with some water in winter and some sun.
Conophytum velutinum Schwantes
Möller's deutsche gärtner-zeitung 42: 139 1927
- Conophytum velutinum Schwantes
- Derenbergia velutina Schwantes
- Conophytum tischeri Schick
- Conophytum velutinum var. craterulum (Tischer) Rawé
- Conophytum craterulum Tischer
- Conophytum velutinum subs. polyandrum (Lavis) S.A.Hammer
- Conophytum polyandrum Lavis
ENGLISH: Living Pebbles
RUSSIAN (Русский): Конофитум многотычинковый
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Conophytum velutinum group
Notes: Plants of the genus Conophytum are also known as 'living pebbles'. During the rest period (the summer months in Europe) a new body forms inside the old, gradually taking all the substances from it until all that remains is the skin, which dries and protects the young plant from the heat of the sun and excess evaporation of water. The resting Conophytum protected by this dry cover resembles a pebble and hence the name 'living pebble'. The growth period of most species is from August to March. The temperature should be about 10 to 12°C.
Cultivation and Propagation: All the forms of Conophytum bilobum are easy to grow. These plants grow on winter rain and head for summer dormancy. They require little water; otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water minimally in summer, (only when the plant starts shrivelling), but it will generally grow even in summer if given water. Water regularly in winter after the previous year's leaves have dried up. Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, it needs full sun or light shade. Hardy to -2°C. Ensure a very good ventilation. Avoid to repot frequently. This plant may stay in the same pot for many years.
Propagation: It can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds. Take the cutting from a grown-up mother plant. Each cutting must contain one or more heads along with a fraction of root.
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