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The Mysterious Mezoo, Part 3

June 2, 2010

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Long story short, we got plants at work that were tagged as Dorotheanthus bellidiformis Mezoo Trailing Red ‘Mezbicla’, which I was sure was really Aptenia cordifolia.

I bought one of them, to plant together with a cutting of our own Aptenia and compare the two.

Left: The "Dorotheanthus". Right: Aptenia cordifolia

Now, as far as I’m concerned, the mystery is solved, and the solution is what I suspected at the beginning. Only a variegated Aptenia, not even polyploid, just well-watered and well-fed (which is something our big Aptenia, from which I took the cutting for this experiment, can only dream of.)

Planted together in the same soil, the plain green Aptenia, always so much smaller, has also grown 4 cm long leaves and 5 mm thick stems. I’d never have thought it’d get quite so big, only ever having seen it in it’s starved tinyness.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 00:09

    I’ve still never seen an Aptenia that is anywhere near the size of yours! The largest one I’ve seen yet has tear drop sized leaves. Oh well. Yay Taxonomy!

  2. June 3, 2010 17:48

    That’s the size I was used to, too. I’m still impressed not only at how large it’s grown, but also at how fast – I took those cuttings 4 months ago, from a plant that we’ve had for about four years, and that one’s pretty much stayed the same size all that time. Of course, it was in crappy soil, and we’ve never been too disciplined about feeding… still, I wouldn’t have thought it’d make that much difference!

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