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Aeonium tabuliforme

Aeonium tabuliforme , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Saxifragales

Familia: Crassulaceae
Subfamilia: Sempervivoideae
Tribus: Aeonieae
Genus: Aeonium
Sectio: A. sect. Patinaria
Series: A. ser. Patinaria
Species: Aeonium tabuliforme

Aeonium tabuliforme (Haw.) Webb & Berthel., Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries (Phytogr.). 3(2:1): 185. 1840.


Sempervivum tabulaeforme Haw., Suppl. Pl. Succ. 69. 1819.
Aeonium berthelotianum Bolle, Bonplandia 7: 239. 1859.
Aeonium complanatum Lem., Pl. Grasses 12.
Aeonium macrolepum Webb ex Christ, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 9(1): 112. 1887.
Sempervivum berthelotianum (Bolle) Christ, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 9(2): 161. 1887.
Sempervivum complanatum A.DC. in Lem., Jard. Fleur. 1: Misc. 35. 1851.
Sempervivum macrolepum (Webb ex Christ) Christ, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 9(2): 161. 1887.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Macaronesia
Canary Isl. (Tenerife)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Webb, P.B. & Berthelot, S. 1836–1850. Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries. Tome 3, partie 2, sect. 3. Phytographia Canariensis. 479 pp. Paris: Béthune. BHL Reference page. : 3(2,1): 185.

Additional references

Liu, H.Y. (1989) Systematics of Aeonium (Crassulaceae). Special Publication Number 3, National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan [1].


Hassler, M. 2019. Aeonium tabuliforme. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 30. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Aeonium tabuliforme in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 30. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Aeonium tabuliforme. Published online. Accessed: November 30 2019.

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Tellerförmiges Aeonium
español: Gongaro pastel de risco

Aeonium tabuliforme, the flat-topped aeonium or saucer plant, is a species of succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae, native and endemic to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It is low-growing, typically reaching about 5 cm high but up to 45 cm in diameter.[2] It grows on moist, north-facing cliffs and ledges at low altitude.[3]: 163  A mass of fleshy, hairy, bright green leaves in flat rosettes is produced on short unbranched stems, often on vertical surfaces.[4][5] This species is short-lived and dies after flowering.[2] Plants often take 3-4 years to flower, at which point they produce a tall (40-60 cm) raceme of yellow flowers.[6]

The Latin specific epithet tabuliforme means "flat" (literally "table shaped").[7]

This plant, which may be either biennial or perennial, is grown under glass in temperate regions. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[8] [9] A. tabuliforme requires excellent drainage, and leaf color is best in full sun. It's relatively disease-free, but may be susceptible to aphids and mealybugs.[10]

The cultivar 'Variegata' features darker green leaves with white edges.[11]

Aeonium tabuliforium 2.jpg

Three specimens, two with flower spikes



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Bramwell, D.; Bramwell, Z. (2001). Wild flowers of the Canary Islands. Madrid, Spain: Editorial Rueda. ISBN 84-7207-129-4.
Aeonium tabulaefoeme (tabulifoeme)
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
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Shoot. "Aeonium tabuliforme Flat-topped berthelotianum macrolepum Sempervivum complanatum Dinner plate Saucer plant Care Plant Varieties & Pruning Advice". Retrieved 2021-04-13.
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