Plant on San Cristobal,
Plant in Copenhagen Botanical
very old plant.
plant, 100 centimetres tall.
covered in lichen..
This very endangered
member of the Portulacaceae family was given this name by Mark A. Hershkovitz in
It is found only on the Galapagos island San Cristóbal, down south, living in
small areas on the slopes of a volcano. It grows in the well-drained
volcanic soil on a steep hill, receiving some water and some to lots of sun. The flowers are white
and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and by cuttings. Best results
in culture have been in pure perlite and under-heated.
Although a detailed
morphological study is still required, it has been suggested that
could consist of two or three distinct taxonomic groups: A white
morph (white flowers and green leaves), a pink morph (pink flowers
and violet leaves) and an intermediate morph (pinkish-white flowers,
greenish-violet leaves). The populations are found with quite some