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ADROMISCHUS HEMISPHAERICUS (L.) Lem.
(A. hemisphericus in error; rotundifolius (Haw.) C.A. Smith)
Section: 1 Adromischus

Habitat Distribution Map

DISTRIBUTION
Vredendal to Table Mountain to Greyton.

CHARACTERS
Flat leaves on stout stems, with or without red spots.

CULTIVATION
Robust and easy.


COMMENTS

More variable in size than A. alstonii, with nice dwarf forms towards the western coast. Widespread and difficult to justify its separation.

Bryan Makin wrote article about searching for this species on the Cape Peninsula, which is reproduced here from The Cactulent 1960.

This is the type species for the genus Adromischus and is typified by the engraving "Cotyledon Capensis, folio semiglobato" (t.95, fig.111, second un-numbered page, between text on pp.112-113) in J.J. Dillenius' Hortus Elthamensis from the 1732 Edition.

Adromischus hemisphaericus flower

Adromischus hemisphaericus / hemisphericus
A. hemisphaericus growing above Sea Point, Cape Town. Photo: Chris Rodgerson.

Adromischus hemisphaericus / hemisphericus
A. hemisphaericus growing high on lichen encrusted sandstone rocks in winter at Katbakkies, NE. Ceres.

Adromischus hemisphaericus / hemisphericus
And again, nearby in the Swartruggens on the Blinkberg, showing summer dessication & colouring, photographed by Bruce Bayer.

Last Updated: Jul 2018
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