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  Glottiphyllum parvifolium CACTUSPEDIA       

 


Glottiphytllum parvifolium SB651 Brandrivier, LK

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flowers are long-lived, large, golden yellow and very showy.
 

Description: Nice freely flowering dwarf, compact species (a.k.a. “little leaf glottiphyllum”) with small branching stems that form a mat of fleshy leaves. The bright yellow flowers look like dandelions. It will slowly forms mats.  It is dormant in high summer heat, and dormant in the darkness of a cold winter, but otherwise happy to grow whenever it is watered. Given insufficient light and too much water, they grow into great sprawling masses of fat, bright green leaves. Given a very bright position, the leaves are dark green, almost black at times, with red and purple. There are indeed marked differences in sizes of leaf and flowers in plants from different population and also the growing condition (especially sun exposure and water availability) determine conspicuous differences in habit of cultivate specimens.
Stem: Very short.
Rosettes: With three pairs of leaves arranged cross-wise (placed at right-angles). Individual rosettes about 5- 8 cm in diameter.
Leaves: Short thin, not at all tongue-shaped and not dotted, bright dark green with slightly pointed tips, erect (almost terete), in pairs, not widened at the base, slightly decussate, rather round about to 40-60 mm long and about 5-10 mm broad, and nearly as thick. In  full sun they may assume a purplish colouring.
Blooming season:  Autumn.
Seeds: 1,3-1,4 long x 1,1 mm broad.

Notes: The 50 or so species of this South African genus of succulents are so similar that many may be hybrids.
 

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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Glottiphyllum parvifolium L. bolus 1931
 
Origin
South Africa ( Ladismith, Laingsburg, Prince Albert, West Cape)
 

Habitat: Grows on sandstone outcrops often in flat ground under bushes or in open. Rainfall in their native areas is between 100 and 200 mm, especially in March and November. Some plant in habitat have scars or burst in their skins, just like they do at home.

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

Common Names include: Tounge-Leaf

Etymology: The genus name is from the ancient Greek "γλωττίς" (glottis) , Tongue, and "φύλλον" (Phyllon), leaf, The name implies "shaped as a tongue" .

Synonyms:

  • Glottiphyllum surrectum (Haworth) L. Bolus
  • Mesebrianthemum surrectum, Haw. 1821
  • Glottiphyllum rubrostigma L.Bolus

 

 

 

Cultivation: The plants in this genus represent some of the more easily cultivated succulent species. Their main growth period is in late winter and were heading for spring-summer dormancy, but they do best with at least a little water all year. Requires little water otherwise their epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water moderately from the middle of summer to the end of winter, and keep the compost almost dry when the plants are dormant. Water minimally in spring and summer, only when the plant starts shrivelling (, but they will generally grow even in summer if given water) In areas prone to frost, grow in an intermediate greenhouse or conservatory, in pots of cactus compost, obtainable from good garden centres. Keep cool and shaded in summer, but provide maximum light the rest of the year. However there are two ways to grow glottiphyllums: The first is to let nature take her course, which means giving them large pots and copious water; they will burgeon into enormous masses of glistening green leaves. The other is to starve them into svelteness by hot summer droughts, small pots, and firm loam. The results can be very attractive. In any case it is best to treat them as late winter growers. Soft leaves mean easy to damage. May be susceptible to mealybugs.

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings. Seeds can be sown in early to mid-spring and germinated in heated humid environment. Alternatively, use stem cuttings taken towards the end of summer in an heated propagating case (15-21°C) Cuttings root easily and remain true to the species, while seeds tend to hybridize.

 

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