Drimiopsis dolomiticus

bluebonsai101(6a PA)January 3, 2009

I just got this rarity yesterday from South Africa and it still has a perfect leaf after being shipped around the world......when I saw the leaf I was sold!!! The leaves really do shimmer as much as they appear to in the picture by the way. Hope you like it :o) Dan

Here is the description I got: "This rare species is only known from the Abel Erasmus Pass area of Limpopo Province where it grows on mountain slopes close to the summit of the colossal Drakensberg Mountains. The plants were originally collected by Dr. Codd some 50 years ago and remained undiscovered until recently. The bulbs grow in humus filled cracks on broken dolomite cliff faces or in soil pockets on sheets of steeply sloping rocks at the edges of wooded ravines. The leaves usually 1 sometimes 2 are extremely beautiful richly spotted in black and mauve. The leaf surfaces are covered in glistening water filled minute pustules causing them to impart a silvery appearance. The flowers, in the early summer, are sweetly scented."

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Pardon me while I dribble and sigh and think wistful thoughts before I say - I hope it does superbly for you, and multiplies. Thanks for sharing. (That shimmeriness. Mmm -mm.)

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 6:20AM
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bluebonsai101(6a PA)

Glad you liked it.....I was totally blown away when I saw the leaves and had to have it!!! I thought it might be a spectacular form of Resnova when I saw it, but am happy it is a Drimiopsis as they are less rot prone.....now if it will offset nicely I will be ecstatic :o) Dan

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 9:46AM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

That is really cool.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2009 at 10:16AM
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Another unusual beauty... nice, Dan! Love that leaf color!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 4:44PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

very nice. It looks like some kind of sea creature. I hope it does well for you!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 8:35PM
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bluebonsai101(6a PA)

Glad you all liked it....now I just need to adjust it to our hemisphere :o) Dan

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 6:22PM
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South Africa has some of the most unique and interesting bulbs and plants I've ever encountered... Dan, if anyone can be successful at growing this unusual beauty, it's you! What else have you got that's getting used to our hemisphere?

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 6:11AM
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We were fortunate to have some specimens flowering in cultivation at Leopoort South Africa.

Pics at http://soilandroots.com/desert-plants/Drimiopsis/dolomiticus/drimiopsis-dolomiticus.html

Hopefully the few seeds we harvested will germinate and grow.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2013 at 1:33PM
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