Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Scientific name: Conophytum meyerae Schwantes
In: Gartenwelt 33:25. 1929
Section Cordiformia schwant.
Sub-section Eubilola Tisch.
Origin: It is found in the western part of South
Africa (Little Namaqualand)
Habitat: Growing in a well drained
soil with some water in winter and some sun.
- Conophytum bilobum
ssp. bilobum, (Marloth) Nicholas Edward Brown
- Mesembryanthemum bilobum Marloth
- Conophytum bilobum "meyerae"
- Conophytum bilobum ssp bilobum meyerae (Marloth) N E
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: C. meyerae is 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.
Photo of conspecific
taxa, varieties, forms and cultivars of to
the Conophytum bilobum
Taxon has lots of synonyms ( like
many other Conophytum) whit several controversial varieties and
subspecies and comprises a multitude of different forms, but where each
form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate