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  Conophytum ornatum
(Syn: Conophytum flavum)
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The plants of Conophytum ornatum are large and flat  and blooms in autumn.
 

Description: Is a tiny bluish green succulent plant with golden yellow flowers, these plants are variably caespitose, with single or double bodies, or forming dense mats or cushions
Body ( leaves): Large, flat, up to 2.5 cm in diameter truncate or concave at top, light grey-green, bluish-green or whitish-green with many green spots,
with a small growing cleft that doesn't reach right across the body.
Flowers:
 Large, daisy-like, yellow. The thin petals form an almost star-like, spidery structure, they are very showy: Blooming season: The flowers open in the morning in bright sunshine, closing at the latter part of the afternoon. Blooms mostly August trough November
 

Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Conophytum ornatum Lavis
Type specimens: Repository The Bolus Herbarium (BOL) Collector Herre, H., No  SUG 928, Locality Little Namaqualand, Steinkopf, Umdans. South Africa

Origin:  Little Namaqualand, South Africa

Habitat: Grows almost hidden in the soil on quartzite ridges in cracks, often mixed with Crassula elegans.

Synonyms:

  • Conophytum flavum N.E.Br.
    Type specimens: Repository The Bolus Herbarium, Botany Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa, BOL13097

  • Conophytum flavum ornatum

 

 

 

Cultivation: C. ornatum is easy to grow. These plants grow on winter rain and head for summer dormancy. More or less dormant in summer. The plant requires little water; otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water throughout the year although 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 from hot sun in mid-summer; it needs full sun or light shade in the other seasons. Hardy to -2C. Ensure a very good ventilation. Avoid to repot frequently. This plant may stay in the same pot for many years. Plants grown in larger containers have frequently relatively poor flowers. It might improve when the plants are given their own, small individual pots.

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.

 

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