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Cotyledon pendens

   (Family: Crassulaceae)
English: Cliff cotyledon  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred altitude: 300 - 400m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Grassland
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  Conspicuous orange-red bell-shaped flowers. The inflorescence is produced at the ends of the branches, it is branched and hanging and 50–90 mm long, with up to 4 flowers (sometimes only a single flower). The flower stalk is about 8–18 mm long and 2 mm in diameter. The flowers are bell shaped, orange-red 40–45 x 12–13 mm with a cylindrical tube slightly bulging in the middle. The lobes are spreading. Its 10 stamens are produced in two whorls, they are yellowish green and 18–20 mm long, fused into a tube in the lower third. The anthers (male parts) are spherical bearing yellow pollen.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
  Leaf info EDIT
  The stems and leaves are at first sparsely beset with glandular hairs, becoming hairless with age (glabrescent). Its leaves are often crowded and highly succulent, in opposite pairs, pendent, the leaf blades (lamina) are elliptic to elliptic-egg-shaped (ovoid), 18–25 x 10–15 mm and 7–10 mm thick, the tip (apex) ending abruptly in a sharp point (mucronate), the base is wedge-shaped. The leaf surface is whitish grey-green due to the powdery bloom, the leaf margin is an attractive reddish col
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
A small Cotyledon with trailing stems and hanging bell shaped orange flowers.

Much-branched succulent shrublet with dense, curtain-forming, hanging stems up to 600 mm long. Its roots are fibrous and not succulent. The stems are initially soft and flaccid, ± 2 mm in diameter, whitish green (due to a powdery bloom) and the nodes are about 7–15 mm apart.
Growing EDIT
The drooping stems will root where they come in contact with any crevice, establishing new clones.

Best grown from cuttings during the warmer months. They can be planted in sand and kept moist, in a sunny or partially shaded area. Rooting is rapid and plants can be planted out directly to the chosen site or container. Plants also grow from leaf cuttings rooted in sand.
Distribution EDIT
Native to South Africa, only known from sheer cliff faces along the Bashe River in the Eastern Cape.
History EDIT
Named in 2003 from plants collected by Paul Emms.
The specific epithet 'pendens' pertains to its pendent growth habit.
Looks great in a hanging basket.
Plants are mat-forming and due to their habit should help prevent erosion.
Ecology EDIT
Well adapted to a sheer habitat.
The grey-green succulent leaves, covered with powdery bloom, are an adaptation to its dry habitat.
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