Fenestraria aurantiaca 8.5cm
Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. aurantiaca
Συνώνυμα: Fenestraria aurantiaca
F. aurantiaca is an amazing dwarf succulent belonging to the Aizoaceae botanical family.
The plant is stemless or with a very short one, the roots are shallow and thick.
The leaves are fleshy, club-shaped with a convex apex and are smooth and covered with a waxy layer. The leaves are pale green and the tip is darker because without chlorophyll.
The leaves store oxalic acid in crystalline form, this allows the light to be transported to the underground parts of the plant dedicated to photosynthesis.
Blooming occurs from autumn to early spring and the flower blooms showing beautiful golden-yellow tones. The flowers have five sepals and many petals and are carried by long stalks.
The name 'Fenestraria' comes from the Latin word "fenestra" ("window"), which refers to the translucent part of the leaves that resembles a window.
- It requires a lot of light throughout the year, however, avoid direct sunlight especially during the hottest hours of the day.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 5 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately but only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce watering to once every two months in autumn, and to suspend it completely in winter.
- The best soil is a well draining one, for example formed by a mixture of peat and pumice so that the water does not stagnate.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.