S. ballsii - in general

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S. ballsii - in general

Post by I'm the 1 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:29 am

S. ballsii was first described by Wale.

The plant was collected by E.K. Balls in 1937 and described in the Kew Bulletin in 1940.

Habitat:
The type plant is the form collected from the Greek Epirus. Mount Tschumba Petzi, Grammos range. In 1937 plants were also found in three other localities in north-west Greece.

Description of the type form: Rosettes quite densely-leaved, about 3 cm in diameter, sub-globular, inner leaves closed with the outer leaves more open and erect, glabrous at maturity except for a few marginal cilia. The rosette-colouring is a uniform green with a bronze to red tinge on the outer leaves. The new offsets are produced on short, stout stems. The flowers are dull pink, filaments crimson.

This specie is easy to grow but will not easily make new rosettes.


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Post by I'm the 1 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:38 am

S. ballsii is now to be found in Northern Greece and Southern Albania.
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Post by I'm the 1 on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:32 am

CLASSIFICATION AND SYNONYMES
Sempervivum ballsii Wale (1940)
Sempervivum marmoreum subsp. ballsii (Wale) Zonneveld 1999

HABITAT
north – western Greece in massifs neighbouring Albania, also in Albania

ABOUT THE NAME
It was named after Edward Kent Balls (1892 -1984), a plant collector from England, that collect first plants at 4 locations in Northern Greece:
Tschumba Petzi
Kamberchoo
Smolika (mind - it's not Smolikas!) and
Skrutch

This was back in 1937!

GEOGRAPHICAL CLONES IN CULTIVATION

LocalityElevationNotes
Tschumba Petzi2.590 m an adjointing peak between Grammos and Mavri Petri in Epire
Kambeecho1.8 980 – 2.130 man adjointing peak between Grammos and Mavri Petri in Epire
Smolika

Skrutch 2.190 – 2.000 man adjointing peak between Grammos and Mavri Petri in Epire
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