Aptenia cordifolia

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Aptenia cordifolia (L.f.) Schwantes

Aizoaceae

Life form: subshrub

Exposure: half shade   8

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales
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Aptenia cordifolia is a subshrub.

Naming

Aptenia cordifolia was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics .

Taxonomy

Aptenia cordifolia is a species in the genus Aptenia which contains 4 species and belongs to the family of the Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The subshrubs reach heights of 3 to 5 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Aptenia cordifolia is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Aptenia cordifolia produces solitary bright bordeaux cruciform flowers from July to September.


Root System

Distribution

Aptenia cordifolia is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and is naturalized in Southern Europe.

Cultivation

The subshrubs prefer a half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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