Are South Africans aware of Adromischus?
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
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!
drawing of A. umbraticola (as A. saxicola)
appeared on a 50c Mexican stamp in 2000.