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Adromischus cooperi

Adromischus cooperi, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Crassulaceae
Subfamilia: Kalanchoideae
Genus: Adromischus
Species: Adromischus cooperi

Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2 18a: 416 1930.

Adromischus cooperi var. immaculata Schönland & Baker fil.
Adromischus cuneatus Poelln.
Adromischus festivus C. A. Sm.
Adromischus halesowensis Uitew.
Adromischus pachylophus C. A. Sm.
Cotyledon cooperi Baker
Cotyledon cooperi var. immaculata Schönland & Baker fil.
Echeveria cooperi (Bak.) Otto

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional: Southern Africa
South Africa (W-Cape Prov., E-Cape Prov.)

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

Adromischus cooperi

Adromischus cooperi, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Primary references

Berger, A., 1930. Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2 18a: 416.


Hassler, M. 2019. Adromischus cooperi. 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 25. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Adromischus cooperi 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 25. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Adromischus cooperi. Published online. Accessed: November 25 2019. 2019. Adromischus cooperi. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 November 25.

Vernacular names
português: Pata-de-tartaruga

Adromischus cooperi is a species of succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae.[2] The genus name Adromischus comes from ancient Greek adros (meaning "thick") and mischos ( meaning "stem"), and the species name from Thomas Cooper, the botanist who collected it from Southern Africa. The plant is endemic to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.


Adromischus cooperi (syn. Cotyledon cooperi) is a small perennial plant, growing to around 10 cm high. It is almost acaulescent with a compact appearance. The leaves are very fleshy and narrow at the base, with distinctive wavy ends. Given strong sun, the leaves show brown or reddish blotches.

It is a slow-growing species that becomes slightly tree-like with age; over several years it develops one or more rather thick, succulent, trunks. The flowers of A. cooperi are insignificant, small in size, and held on an upright stem.


This is an easy plant to grow, but it needs bright sunlight to bring out the dark-colored ornamental spots on the leaves. It survives dry conditions, which cause shrinkage of the leaves, although they re-inflate when the plant is watered. During winter it should be placed in a dry, bright position with a temperature of around 12 °C; it can, however, tolerate a temperature slightly below freezing (to around –2 °C). It needs heavy watering in summer.

Adromischus cooperi can be reproduced easily from cuttings of the leaves taken during the non-flowering period.


Raimondo, D. (2016). "Adromischus cooperi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T103636669A104107756. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103636669A104107756.en. Retrieved July 24, 2020.

"Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A.Berger". Plants of the World Online. The Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. n.d. Retrieved July 24, 2020.

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