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  Fenestraria rhopalophylla N.E. Br.
  Family Name : Aizoaceae

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Succulent Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Namibia, South Africa
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Desert / Arid
      Local Conservation Status :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Foliage: The cylindrical leaves are arranged in a rosette. The tip of the leaf is flattened and translucent, allowing light to penetrate. In nature, the leaves are mostly belowground with only the tips aboveground. 
      Flowers: Large, yellow flowers resemble daisy flowers. They occur singly on a thick stalk that positions them about 5-10 cm above the leaves.
      Cultivation :
      It should be planted in very well-drained soil, such as sandy soil or a 1:1 mix of potting soil and pumice/ perlite. Overwatering will lead to root rot and leaf splitting. In Singapore, this plant is best grown indoors in bright, indirect light, because our hot, humid climate is very different from its native climate of seasonal rain and generally arid conditions.
      Etymology :
      The genus Fenestraria comes from the Latin word for window ('fenestra'), referring to the translucent leaf tips.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Little Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Thick
      Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) :
      Young Flush Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Thick
      Foliar Modification :
      Storage Organ
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Funnelform / Funnel-shaped

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