Aeonium arboreum (L.) Webb. & Berth.
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)
Erect subshrub 2-3 ft. high, branches ending in dense rosettes; lvs.
oblong-spatulate, fleshy, green or dark purple, 2-3 in. long; cymes paniculate,
4 in. long and broad, on long fleshy stems; fls. bright yellow, 5/8 in. across,
with petals rotately spreading; stamens twice as many as petals.
Escape from cultivation. Best in
full sun near ocean and part shade inland.
(Sunset Editors, New Western Garden Book, 1984 Edition p.
likely thrown over the bluff as yard trimmings from the old restaurant.
AEo-nium, Dioscoridean synonym
of AE. arboreum. (Bailey 466). Arboreus,
tree like. (Bailey 10). Atro, dark.
(Bailey 11). Latin, atrox, dark.
(Jaeger 30). Purpureus, purple. (Bailey
29). Latin, purpureus, purple, reddish, violet. (Jaeger 214).
Rare in the study area, there being only a few plants with green leaves
and only one with purple leaves, these on the Castaways Bluffs below where the
old restaurant was located. (my
Aeonium species are among the most useful succulents for decorative
effects, in pots or in the ground. (Sunset
Editors, New Western Garden Book 1984. p.170).
Var. atropurpureum is not
mentioned as a separate variety in the 1993 Jepson Manual, however, the
characteristic dark purple leaves are mentioned with A.
arboreum var. arboreum. (Hickman,
Ed. 524). I have previously listed A.
arboreum var. atropurpureum as a separate species but have combined the two here
and use both Plant Data numbers 234 and 421.
Bailey 466; Hickman, Ed. 524; Sunset Editors 170.
Feb 2 84 # 17,18; Feb-April 91 # 7,8, 12; Mar-April 95 # 26.
Identity: by R. De Ruff.
First Found: February 1984.
Computer Ref: Plant Data 234,421.
No plant specimen.
Last edit 12/17/03.
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