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D. Grgurević: SUKULENTE (MESNATICE – TUSTIKE) NAJADRANSKOJ OBALI I UPORABA... Šumarski list br. 7–8, CXXXIII (2009), 439-446

Sl. -Fig19Terasa sa sukulentima–A terrace with succulents

LITERATURA– References
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SUMMARY: Succulent plants are gradually colonizing the Croatian
coast. These plants initially the collector’s items, but when their ability to tolerate
low temperatures was discovered, they began to be grown in the open.
Since this species was often mentioned by Croatian Renaissance writers, it
can be said with certainty that Opuntia sp. occurred in the Mediterranean
and the Adriatic region as early as the 16thcentury, shortly after the discovery
of America.

Many of the Opuntia sp. and Agave americana plants developed spontaneously
by adapting to the new ecological conditions. In fact, the American
agave virtually became a symbol of some parts of the Croatian coast. Certain
cacti species, such as C. Peruvians „Monstruosus“, which may reach
over 4 metres in height, manifest high resistance to cold and are frequently
found along the Croatian coast.

Due to global warming, some plants, such as Aptenia cordifolia, a species
unheard of in these parts only some ten years ago, have acclimatized to
the conditions and spread across the coastal area. Apart from these exotic
succulents, the Croatian coast is also home to some European fat plants,
such as Sedum sp – stonecrop, and Sempervivum sp. –houseleek. Succulents
are plants that thrive in stony areas. Still, we should be cautious not to over-
plant them, since they impart an exotic appearance.