Faucaria felina subsp. tuberculosa 'Super Warty' is a low growing, clump-forming, perennial succulent, with large bumped and tangled…
Origin and Habitat: Albany, Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort Districts, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Altitude range: 350-700 mm rainfall per annum.
Habitat and ecology: Faucaria felina subs. britteniae grows in Valley Bushveld and drier grass veld, in loamy flats or on slopes among stones in open grassy spots or under small bushes with a preference for north-facing slopes. Rainfall 350-500(-700) mm per annum. Series, pH 6.7-7.7.
Description: Faucaria felina subs. britteniae (Faucaria britteniae) is a compact succulent perennial rosette-succulent, usually stemless (but can builds short woody stems with age) clump-forming or shrubby becoming semi-globose with age. It has large yellow flowers 4-5 cm wide or wider, with purplish-pink undersides to the petals. Its ovate-triangular leaves up to about 5 cm long, have somewhat hollowed upper surfaces. Gray-green sprinkled with tiny dots of darker grey, they have white or reddish, horny bands along their edges and keels and margins with particularly prominent, long, recurved, hair-like teeth. Faucaria felina subsp. britteniae is unique in the genus because of the (partially) whitish grey epidermis. It is fairly popular amongst mesem collectors as it is free-flowering and grow relatively quickly.
Derivation of specific name: This member of the Euphorbiaceae family was given this name in honour of Lilian L. Britten (1886–1952), South African botanist at Rhodes University, RSA.
Stems: Up to 120 mm long.
Leaves: 30-55(-70) mm long, to 20-33 mm broad at the middle, tappering to 12-15 mm at the base. Fleshy, ovate-triangular to diamond-shaped, compressed at their apexes to form a strong chin. Keel sharp, forming a pronounced chin in almost rectangular arrangement as seen from the side. Margins and keel (partly) with a white or reddish band to 1 mm wide, with (3-)6-10(-13) teeth midway along each side, 3-5 mm broad at base 2.5-5 mm long, consisting of a broad, base and a long, sharp awn-shaped end with elevations and distant papillae. Epidermis with well-developed wax cover, thicker than in subsp. felina uniform or partially whitish-green or greyish-green with numerous small greyish white dots, or dull green with white clearly visible dots.
Flowers: Large for genus 5-8 cm-wide, yellow, with purplish-pink undersides to the petals. Petals about 110-160. Stamens 260-350. Glands yellowish, green to brown.
Blooming season: Autumn to winter (in habitat March-August), occasionally throughout the year.
Fruits: Base very broadly bell-shaped, top with a high centre, 7-13 mm long, 9.5-13(-15) mm in diameter, 7-10 mm thick, easily falling off (tumble fruits).
Seeds: 1.4-1.6 mm long, 0.9-1.3 mm broad.
Taxonomic note. Faucaria felina subs. britteniae differs from Faucaria felina mainly in the basally broader and somewhat stouter leaves, in the keel meeting the upper leaf surface nearly at a right angle at the apex, and in the very numerous small dots, absent in F. felina.
Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Faucaria felina group
Bibliography: Major references and further lectures
1) Heidrun E. K. Hartmann “Aizoaceae F – Z” Springer, 2002
2) Thomas H. Everett “The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture”, Volume 4, Courier Corporation, 1981
3) Ernst Van Jaarsveld, Ben-Erik Van Wyk, Gideon Smith “Succulents of South Africa: A Guide to the Regional Diversity” Tafelberg, 2000
4) James Cullen, Sabina G. Knees, H. Suzanne Cubey “The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants: A Manual for the Identification of Plants Cultivated in Europe, Both Out-of-Doors and Under Glass - Casuarinaceae to Aristolochiaceae” Cambridge University Press, 11/August/2011
5) Urs Eggli, Leonard E. Newton “Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names” Springer Science & Business Media, 29 June 2013
6) L.E. Groen and L.J.G. van Der Masen “Revision of the genus Faucaria (Ruschioideae: Aizoaceae) in South Africa” Bothalia 29.1: 35-58 (1999)
Cultivation and Propagation: Faucarias are the good choice for anyone wanting to start growing succulents. They are quite hardy and can take a short period of light frost and in very dry warm regions these succulents make very impressive out door ground covers. They need full sun to light shade with a well-drained soil mix, but can tolerate a wide variety of soil types and growing locations as long as there is plenty of sun. The plants are well watered during the growing season and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again and will tolerate some over watering, but the challenge is to help them keep their compact form and prevent elongation of the stem. During the winter months, the plants should be kept very dry, only watering enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling.
As house plants they tend to grow in fair weather and rest when temperatures are too hot or too cool.
Propagation: Faucaria is very easy to start from seed. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days at 21°C. Although they will start from cuttings, it is quite difficult to get them to root. If they start to rot there is usually part of the plant that can be removed and possibly rooted.
Another gorgeous chunky little guy These plants are just too cool
This little Faucaria succulent plant, called ‘Super Warty‘, has green leaves with lots of weirdo bumps, soft white ‘teeth’ along the margins. Unique succulent. Great terrarium plant, perfect for DIY succulent arrangements, small enough for terrarium. This plant has very low water needs, it is extremely drought-tolerant.
Shown in a 2" pot. Plant for sale is the plant pictured or very similar. This is a live plant that ships bare root (pot not included). Water when soil is dry to the touch.
Peak growth season: Spring/Fall
Propagation: Propagate from offsets during growth season, Spring is ideal.
Your succulent will be wrapped with care and shipped with extra padding in the box. Plants can take 1-5 days to prep for shipping and weather can impact the prep time. We ship as quickly as is safe for your plant.
If you will be experiencing below freezing temperatures, please add a heat pack to your order.
2" - plants are currently growing in 2" nursery pots. Most are ready for a larger pot, or you could plant three of these plants in a 4-5" pot.
4" - plants are currently growing in 4" nursery pots. Most are ready for a larger pot, or you could plant two-three of these plants in a 6" pot.
6" - plants are currently growing in 6" nursery pots. Most are ready for a larger pot, or you could plant two-three of these plants in a 8-10" pot.
Cutting - The plant does not have roots. Cuttings are fresh-cut within 1 day of shipping.