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Adromischus cristatus - Gaiser Conservatory (Manito Park) - IMG 7008

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 cristatus
varieties: A. c. var. clavifolius – A. c. var. mzimvubuensis – A. c. var. schonlandii – A. c. var. zeyheri

Adromischus cristatus (Haw.) Lem., Jard. Fleur. 2(Misc.): 60 1852.

Cotyledon cristata Haw.

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
Primary references

Lemaire, C., 1852. Jardin Fleuriste; Journal General des Progres et des Interets Horticoles et Botaniques. Ghent 2(Misc.):60. 1852


Hassler, M. 2019. Adromischus cristatus. 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 online. Accessed: 2019 November 25. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Adromischus cristatus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 November 25. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Adromischus cristatus. Published online. Accessed: November 25 2019. 2019. Adromischus cristatus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 25 November 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Adromischus cristatus in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names

Adromischus cristatus is a species of succulents from the family Crassulaceae, endemic to the eastern cape of South Africa. It is a perennial with short erect branches 20–50 mm long covered with fine aerial roots. Leaves are green to gray-green, with undulating margin, and generally measuring 20–40 × 5–13 mm. During the springtime, it sends up long narrow stalks for its flowers, which are tubular in shape and white in color with hints of red. Common names for this plant include "Key Lime Pie" and "Crinkle Leaf Plant."

This plant grows best given bright light and good airflow. Plant in cacti/succulent potting soil for ample drainage and provide water when the soil is dry. Water less frequently during the winter. While hardy down to freezing temperatures (32 °F or 0 °C), avoid exposure to frost.

Adromischus cristatus is hardy to USDA hardiness zone 10.

The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 30 July 2016

The Succulent Plant Page: Adromischus, retrieved 10 November 2016

Jardin Fleuriste; Journal General des Progres et des Interets Horticoles et Botaniques. Ghent 2(Misc.):60. 1852.
JSTOR entry
"Adromischus cristatus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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