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Origin and Habitat: Soutvlei, north of Grahamstown in the Zuur Mountains, Eastern Cape, South Africa..
Habitat: This Adromischus is a typical component of the Eastern Cape succulent Thickets.
Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger
Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2 [Engler & Prantl] 18a: 416 1930.
- Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger
- Adromischus festivus C.A.Sm.
- Adromischus halesowensis Uitewaal
- Adromischus cuneatus Poelln. non Thunb.
- Adromischus pachylophus C.A.Sm.
- Cotyledon cooperi var. immaculata Schönland & Baker f.
ENGLISH: Club-adromischus, Plover Eggs Plant, Plover Eggs
AFRIKAANS (Afrikaans): Bontplakkie
ESTONIAN (Eesti): Cooperi Padilehik
KOREAN (한국어): 물떼새 알
RUSSIAN (Русский): Адромисxус Купера
Description: Adromischus cooperi (Club-adromischus) is a dwarf freely branching perennial succulent 2-7 cm tall and 15 cm in spread. It has larger leaves than Adromischus cristatus, plump, narrowed toward the base, pale silver-grey with a hint of duck-egg green and elegantly spotted with rich dark purple.
Stems: Short, spreading, greyish-brown occasionally with aerial roots.
Leaves: Decussate, tubular-shaped to inversely lance-shaped terminal part ovate triangular wider than the leaf with a white, slightly wavy horny leaf margins, 2.5-5 cm long, glossy, grey-green to blue, hairless, distinctly mottled on the upper surface with large purple markings.
Inflorescences: 35 cm or more long.
Flowers: Tubular, green-and-red covered in a thick bloom with white-margined, pink or purple lobes and club-shaped hairs in throat and on corolla-lobes.
Blooming season: Summer.
Fruit: Fruit a dry many seeded follicle.
Remarks: Adromischus cooperi and the related Adromischus festivus are so much confused that a considerable amount of Journal space was given up to discussions about them.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Adromischus cooperi group
- Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger: has silver-grey leaves elegantly spotted with rich dark purple with a distal white, slightly wavy horny leaf margins. Distribution: Soutvlei in the Zuur Mountains, E. Cape
- Adromischus festivus C.A.Sm.: leaves small semi cylindrical, more or less mottled with red. Juvenile leaves can be broad with a long margin. Distribution: Noorsveld, Eastern Cape.
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) John Pilbeam, Chris Rodgerson, Derek Tribble “Adromischus” Cirio Publishing Services Ltd, 1998
2) Hermann Jacobsen “Abromeitiella to Euphorbia” Blandford Press, 1960
3) Christopher Brickell "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers” Dorling Kindersley Ltd, 01/Sep/2010
4) Ernst Van Jaarsveld, Ben-Erik Van Wyk, Gideon Smith “Succulents of South Africa: A Guide to the Regional Diversity” Tafelberg Publishers, Limited, 01/Jul/2000
5) Hermann Jacobsen “A handbook of succulent plants: descriptions, synonyms, and cultural details for succulents other than Cactaceae” Volume 1 Blandford Press, 1960
6) Dr J.P. Roux “Flora of South Africa” 2003
7) Doreen Court “Succulent Flora of Southern Africa” CRC Press, 01/giu/2000
8) Hermann Jacobsen “A handbook of succulent plants: descriptions, synonyms, and cultural details for succulents other than Cactaceae” Volume 1 Blandford Press, 1960
9) Urs Eggli “Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Crassulaceae” Springer for Science, 01/Jan/2003
10) 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/Aug/2011
Adromischus cooperi Photo by: Carolina González
Adromischus cooperi Photo by: Carolina González
Adromischus cooperi Photo by: Giuseppe Distefano
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Cultivation and Propagation: They prefer well-drained soil in a partially shaded position and require a minimum temperature 5°C (But hardy down to -7°C for short periods), with good drainage and dryness in winter to resist the cold. Let the soil dry between soaking, in the wild, it receives rain mostly in spring and fall. Must have very dry atmosphere. They are vulnerable to mealybugs and rarely scale. It is prone to rotting from the tuberous base or from dried inflorescences. As the plant matures, the centre becomes bare. When it does, restart it from side cuttings and throw away the central part.
Propagation: Usually propagate from single leaves (leaf cuttings) or stem cuttings seed propagation is rarely used.
Twist off a leaf and permit it to dry out a couple of days, lay it on the soil and insert the stem end partially into the soil. The original leaf should not be removed until it has dried up. Try to keep the leaf somewhat upright so that the roots are able to grow downward. If grown in a container, bottom watering by immersing the container is recommended.
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