You've probably noticed that I've developed a keen interest in Anacampseros recently. Not sure what triggered it but after having grown several plants (adults and babies) for a couple of years now I want to have them all! Well, at least all of the compact ones. Their shapes, their colors, their flowers, their hairy-fuzzy-fluffy-ness - in all diversity - I decided they belong on my windowsill and sooner rather than later.
All the googling and picture swooning resulted in a large order of plants and seeds mostly from my favorite dealer and a subsequent sowing party of not less than 14 different species and subspecies and locality bound varieties. By the way, it does seem that Anacampseros don't have proper field numbers so that they have to be separated by knowing exactly where they grow or the catalog number of a particular nursery. Not the easiest way for collectors and quite confusing, too. Also, I have not realized before that Anacampseros (and I don't mean Avonia) can have white flowers or white flowers with pink center. And the pure pink flowers can be truly huge. This is all very exciting :)
The care seems to be straightforward and fresh seeds germinate instantly. I'm fairly positive it will be a wonderful adventure. Will post more pictures soon!
The naming is tricky so I'll just post all info I got.
Anacampseros sp., SB684, Springbok, RSA
This one kinda shows how Anacampseros is related with worm-like Avonia species - the leaves are getting shorter, the stems thinner, the hairs turn into scales. These are actually 7 plants that can only be held upright by clinging to each other, locked by hairs.
Anacampseros telephiastrum, An97, Witberge
Looks like an Adromischus and...
...can be just as red.
Anacampseros telephiastrum, An85, nw Barrydale
They can have pointy scissors leaves that remind you of Rabiea's and...
... pointy inwards growing ones.
Anacampseros lanceolata, An124, Skitterykloof
They can be hairy columns.
Anacampseros baeseckei, An139, 3km n Pofadder
They can be round and cute all over.
Anacampseros namaquensis, An17, Karrachab Poort, ES167
They can be fluffy rocks.
Anacampseros filamentosa ssp. namaquensis
And they can be eager to start the new season with fresh new growth coming out everywhere!
Anacampseros vanthielii, 1 km van Springbok
And you got to love them all.