KALANCHOE RHOMBOPOLISA is a succulent plant species in the family CRASSULACEAE. This species of plant is endemic to southwest ITAMPOLO, MADAGASCAR. The species was described by MANNONI and BOITEAU IN 1947 and is indexed in NOTUL, SYST. (Paris) 13:153-154, (1947). The plant is a HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL that grows to 10–20 cm in height.
KALANCHOE RHOMBOPOLISA is a dainty small Kalanchoe, one of the smaller growing species of the genus, with branching silvery stems mottled brown. The leaves are RHOMBIC OR FAN SHAPED with spectacular coppery-brown markings, largely covered with silvery-white scurf, the outer margin beige with acute teeth. Several forms exist with no to abundant markings. The flowers are inconspicuous greenish-yellow with red lines.
HABIT: It is a perennial, few branched, succulent shrublet 10-20(-30) tall.
ROOTS: Fibrous, short (10 cm).
STEMS: Thin (about 8 mm in diameter), rigid, woody, upright or sprawling with long hairs.
LEAVES: Small, about 2-3 cm long, fleshy, rigid, alternate, or opposite on 1-3 mm long petioles. Leaf blade, slightly woolly, obovate to more or less triangular, slightly concave at the top, convex at the bottom 2-3 mm thick, bluish, grey, silver-green, green-yellow or olive green with numerous dark green, wine-red or coppery-brown spots or spotless (depending on clones).
The PARTS EXPOSED to the sun tends to take a silvery brown tinge and are mottled with contrasting dark brown spots while those in the shade are greener with dull green dots. The leaf blade is rounded at the tip and irregularly notched or sinuate, the base is strongly narrowed and wedge-shaped. The leaves are are VERY FRAGILE and DETACHES AT THE MINIMAL TOUCH.
INFLORESCENCE: Paniculate, 8-12 cm tall slender, branched and glabrous.
FLOWERS: Pedicel upright 1.2-2.5 mm long. Calyx tube yellow-green, 0.2 to 0.3 mm long ending in circular to oblong lobes that are 1.2-1.5 mm long and 1.2-1.4 mm wide. Corolla greenish yellow to pink with purple lines. Corolla tube 3.5-4 mm long with ovate, blunt lobes 2-3 mm long and 1.5-2 mm in width. STAMENS PROTRUDING attached just above the middle of the corolla tube. Anthers ovate, about 0.6 mm in length, yellow. Nectar-glands almost square about 0.4 mm across. Carpel 3-3.5 mm long. Style about 2.5 mm long.
Guides or tips in taking care of Kalanchoe Rhombopilosa
You will like this succulent, because it DOESN’T NEED FREQUENT WATERING. This phyto-occupant of the house HATE OVER-WETTING. Sometimes you CAN SPRAY the plant. But do it ONLY IN HOT DAYS.
How often should we water this houseplant? It DEPENDS on the air temperature. The soil MUST BE DRY before watering. So, you should USUALLY WET Kalanchoe rhombopilosa ONCE A WEEK. In this case, please use SOFTENED WATER.
If you TEAR OFF a kalanchoe’s LEAF BY ACCIDENT, don’t worry about it. The houseplant WILL NOT DIE. Also, you can grow a new silver butterfly. Kalanchoe rhombopilosa PROPAGATE from the leaves.
FERTILIZE THIS PLANT ONCE A MONTH IN SPRING AND SUMMER. USE SPECIAL FERTILIZER FOR THIS SUCCULENT.
In SUMMER you can locate your green friend outdoor. The plant will enjoy your flower garden or your veranda. But the succulent NEEDS RAIN PROTECTION.
Generally, Kalanchoe rhombopilosa care isn’t a big deal. This plant will be your teacher. It teaches you to be thankful for small mercies.