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The short lived flower by Vered A. Mann.

The short lived flower by Vered A. Mann.

Origin near Steinkopf, South Africa.

A young plant. Photo by Amir Auerbach.


Author: Selmar Schönland, 1903
Origin:  Namibia, South Africa
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Minimum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  7 Centimetres
Height:  4 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Might be: Avonia quinaria subsp. alstonii, G.D. Rowley, 1994.
Anacampseros trigona, DC.

This little member of the Portulacaceae family was first described by Selmar Schönland. (Might been renamed by G.D. Rowley in 1994: Avonia quinaria subsp. alstonii). It is found in Namibia and South Africa, growing in grit with little water and lots of sun. The leaves drops in the dry period, the caudex can grow to more than eight centimetres in diameter, given some decades. The flowers are white to pink, it's self-fertile, and it can only be reproduced by seeds.

The species name from the Greek word anakamptein, meaning 'to bend backwards' or 'restore', and Greek; eros; 'love'. The species name after captain Edward Graham Alston.

The short lived flower by Vered A. Mann.

Peter Brandt has had his for more than 30 years, I'm told.

And how we are able to grow them.

This is how the look in the wild!