Conophytum meyeri JE1776
It is a fascinating plant with showy daisy-like yellow
flowers in autum .
is a low, dwarf, cushion-forming but robust plant
and divide quite freely, It is
stemless (branches subterranean) or branch aerially.
Body: Firm, inverted to
obovate or cylindrical, apically slightly
keeled and partially fused or slightly "two-lobed" (The leaves are
imperfectly fused ) Epidermis is
window or window appears on a strip on either side of the fissure.
The epidermis is whitish-green to glaucous to greyish. Fissure
papillate. The densely spotted thick sheaths are papery to leathery.
Flowers: Simple, daisy-like, scentless,
early diurnal, showy bright yellow .
Blooming season: Autumn.
Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Scientific name: Conophytum
BILOBA group: (Type:
Conophytum bilobum (Marloth) N.E.Br.) The BILOBA is the
group with the least cone-shape and the most primitive plants of the
Origin: Cape Province, Namakwaland
Etymology: These plants are
named after the Missionary, G. Meyer
Steinkopf, S. Africa
- Conophytum meyeri var. globuliforme
(Schick & Tischer) Rawé
- Conophytum papillatum L.Bolus
- Conophytum retusum N.E.Br.
- Conophytum ramosum Lavis
- Conophytum meyeri var. ramosum (Lavis)
More synonyms of this plant are:
Conophytum extractum, Conophytum candidum, Conophytum corculum,
Conophytum ecarinatum var. candidum, Conophytum laetum, Conophytum
laetum var. extractum, Conophytum leopardinum, Conophytum meyeri f.
semilunulum, Conophytum microstoma, Conophytum nanum, Mesembryanthemum
nanum, Conophytum niveum, Conophytum papillatum, Conophytum puberulum &
Cultivation: C. meyeri 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.