Aeonium undulatum

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Aeonium undulatum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Aeonium
Species: A. undulatum
Binomial name
Aeonium undulatum
Webb & Berthel.

Aeonium undulatum is a succulent, evergreen flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae. It is a subshrub, one of the larger species of Aeonium with a large leaf rosette often over a metre from the ground on a single, unbranched stem. Other rosettes do not branch off this stem (normally) but grow from the bottom, unlike most aeoniums. The plant is monocarpic so the flowering stem will die when it flowers which is normally after about 5 years.

Aeonium undulatum is native and endemic to Gran Canaria in the Canary islands.[1]:167

The specific epithet undulatum comes from the Latin unda, meaning "wave" and refers to the wavy leaves.[2] Synonyms include Sempervivum undulatum and Sempervivum youngianum. The common name "saucer plant" is applied to this and other plants of a similar habit.[3]

In temperate regions this plant is grown under glass. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

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  1. ^ Bramwell, D.; Bramwell, Z. (2001). Wild flowers of the Canary Islands. Madrid, Spain: Editorial Rueda. ISBN 84-7207-129-4. 
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Flora Vascular de Canarias
  3. ^ Desert Tropicals
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Aeonium undulatum". Retrieved 11 June 2013.