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  Cheiridopsis subaequalis
(Syn: Cheiridopsis derenbergiana)
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Elegant miniature plant with slender leaves and pale green-yellow.
 

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Flowers are pale yellowish/green daisy-like and appear in late winter.
 


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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Cheiridopsis subaequalis L.Bolus 1938
Type specimens The Bolus Herbarium (BOL) Collector van Heerde, P., No# BOL 21841 Collection date 1937/8/17 Locality Little Namaqualand, road from Hoit to Concordia. South Africa (South Africa)

Origin:  Namaqualand, South Africa

Origin:  Namaqualand, southafrica.

Habitat: Granitic or quartzitic slopes 300-600 m altitude, winter rainfall 100-200mm p.a.

Synonyms:  

  • Cheiridopsis derenbergiana Schwantes 1927
  • Cheiridopsis albiflora L. bolus 1956
  • Cheiridopsis albitecta Schwantes 1928
  • Cheiridopsis ampliata L. bolus 1932
  • Cheiridopsis angustipetala L. bolus 1933
  • Cheiridopsis citrina L. bolus 1935
  • Cheiridopsis compressa L. bolus 1930
  • Cheiridopsis eburnean L. bolus 1936
  • Cheiridopsis inaequalis L. bolus 1929
  • Cheiridopsis macrocalix L. bolus 1931
  • Cheiridopsis quadrifolia L. bolus 1937

 

Description: Compact highly branched cushion forming leaf succulent. 
Stems:
Very short with only 2 or 4 leaves.
Leaves: Slender with many dots each up 2 cm long, sligly different in sizes or shapes, only a little mucronate, smooth keel, numerous elevation at the tip of the leaves, long papillae on the shorter leaves.
Flowers: Pale yellow/green up to 6 cm in diameter.
Note:
Cheiridopsis are dormant in summer.
 

 



Leaves are a little mucronate.

Cultivation: Cheiridopsis is easy to grow. These plants grow on winter rain and were heading for summer dormancy. Requires little water otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts shrivelling but will generally grow even in summer if given water. Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, need full sun or light shade. Hardy to -2C

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

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