Category Archives: succulents

Malephora mollis

It is usually easy to identify a plant as a Malephora.  Beyond that however, things are rather muddled up. So it is with some trepidation that I attach a species name to the pictures shown here. M.  mollis is described … Continue reading

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Kewa (Hypertelis) salsoloides

Sometimes, writing a post for this blog involves quite a bit of detective work, which may at times be a bit tedious, but often also gives interesting new insights. For many years, I have known the subject of this post … Continue reading

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Pelargonium carnosum (part 2 of 2)

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Pelargonium carnosum (part 1 of 2)

As the name carnosum (fleshy) suggests, this is one of the more succulent Pelargoniums. Old plants can be quite impressive, with a height of up to about 1 m. But with lots of old leaves and flower stalks, big plants may … Continue reading

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Leipoldtia schultzei

These plants are easily mistaken for a Lampranthus or a Ruschia. Their fruits however mostly have 10 compartments, whereas in Lampranthus the number is always 5 and in Ruschia usually 5, sometimes 6. They form untidy mats or sprawling shrubs, … Continue reading

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Gibbaeum (Muiria) hortenseae

These peculiar and very distinctive plants form little clumps of soft and velvety-hairy* leaf-bodies which are about 4 cm tall and 3 cm in diameter. During the long resting period, the bodies are completely enclosed in the dry sheath-like remains of … Continue reading

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Euphorbia meloformis ssp. meloformis

One does not have to be a linguist to surmise that meloformis means shaped like a melon. Judging from the old synoniems pomiformis and pyriformis, the plants may also resemble an apple resp. a pear. Usually the stems are single, more or … Continue reading

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