Crassulaceae, (Orpine Family)
Madeira, Canary Islands or N.W. Africa
Much branched succulent subshrub, 3 dm. high, growing in a clump as wide; lvs.
in rosettes, oblanceolate, glabrous, sessile, 3-6 cm. long, 1-2 cm. wide, light
green, with raised longitudinal ridges both sides, 1.5-4 mm. long, tinged with
red at tips, with white linear teeth +/- 1 mm. long, tending to point toward
leaf tip, and a double tooth at the tip; fls. bright yellow, in cymose clusters
with drooping buds; petals 7, +/- 7
mm. long; calyx 7-parted, 4 mm. long, alternate with petals; stamens 14;
pedicels 2-3 mm. long; peduncle growing from the center of the lf. rosette, with
alternate lvs. shorter than those of rosette, and with fewer teeth than rosette,
peduncle lvs. begin to fall at anthesis; styles 7, stigmas 7, ovary superior.
(my description from my notes using Bailey as a guide).
Escape from cultivation. Warm-temp.
region, under glass in cooler climates. Spring
AEo-nium, dioscoridean name,
synonym of AE. arboreum. (Bailey 466).
Rare in the study area having been found only once and this on the bluff,
northerly approx. .25 miles from Big Canyon.
Spotted by John Johnson on a drive along Back Bay Dr. in May 1988.
(my comments). All the approx. 36 species in this
genus are natives of Madeira, Canary Islands and adjacent N.W. Africa.
(Bailey 465). Differs from Sempervivum
primarily in having stems. (Bailey
465). See other
differences in this and Sempervivum or
Echeveria with Aeonium
haworthii. (my comment).
Among the most useful succulents for decorative effects, in pots or in
the ground. Especially good in full
sun near ocean, or part shade inland. (Sunset
Editors, New Western Garden Book 1984. p.170).
Text Ref: Bailey 465.
May 2 88 # 2,3,4.
Genus identity: by R. De
Ruff, confirmed by John Johnson.
First Found: May 1988..
Computer Ref: Plant Data 406.
Plant specimen donated to UC Riverside in 2004..
Last edit 8/4/05.
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