The name "Trichodiadema" comes from the ancient Greek "τρῐχός" (=hair, bristle) and "διαδεμα" (=crown)
Trichodiadema are small, short-stemmed succulents with small, elongated, alternating sections measuring 8 mm long. They are grey and green.
At the apex of each alternating section is a ring of small bristles radiating around the center, that give the appearance of a cactus areola.
The flowers look like daisies, but with dark red petals, earning them the nickname "Desert Rose".
The plant requires sun exposure (although not too intense), and well-drained soil.
Propagation is by division of the clumps. Propagation by cuttings is difficult, because of the risk of rot.
List of species
Notes and references
- "Trichodiadema densum". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- : the most known sprecies. Stems lie on the ground. Silks are longer than those of other species.
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