Azorella compacta

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Azorella compacta Phil.

Apiaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: achene

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Cornidae
Superordo:
Aralianae
Ordo:
Araliales

Azorella compacta is a shrub.

Naming

Azorella compacta was described by Rudolph Amandus Philippi in 1891. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Azorella compacta is a species in the genus Azorella which contains approximately 29 to 38 species and belongs to the family of the Apiaceae (Carrot Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The comparatively slow-growing and long-lived shrubs reach heights of 80 to 150 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Azorella compacta is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are ovate, entire and sessile.

Flowers and Fruits

Azorella compacta produces umbels of yellow five-stellate flowers.

The shrubs produce achenes.

Root System

Distribution

Azorella compacta is native to Peru, Bolivia, Northeast Chile and Argentina.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-loamy and comparatively poor. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

The shrubs are suited for cultivation in a alpine house. Suited for rockeries.

Maintenance and Propagation

Propagate by sowing seed in a cold frame in autumn or by cuttings in spring.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

Fine webs on the plants indicate an infestation with red spider mites. These sap-sucking insects mainly appear under glass and can be controlled either with insecticide or biologically with parasitic mites.

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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