Category Archives: succulents

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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Euphorbia gamkensis

Mature plants of this species usually have a globose caudex to 10 cm tall and to 9 cm in diameter. The branches are about a cm thick and normally about 1.8 cm long. The species is very rare and only occurs between … Continue reading

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Aloidendron dichotomum (part 2 of 2)

 

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Aloidendron dichotomum (part 1 of 2)

Based on genetic research, in 2013 Ronell Klopper and Gideon Smith created the  genus Aloidendron to accommodate 6 species of tree aloes, including Aloe dichotoma. The plants form trees with a rounded crown,  with stems to 1 m in diameter … Continue reading

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Drosanthemum curtophyllum

It is often rather difficult to identify Drosanthemum species, but in this case the name is a useful pointer (curtophyllum = with shortened leaves). The plants are shrublets 10-30 cm tall, with branches that are mostly erect, rooting when growing … Continue reading

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Cephalophyllum tetrastichum

Described in 1989, this is still a species that is little known about. It is only found in sand between rocks in the salt spray zone  of South Africa’s northwest coast (near Port Nolloth). The leaves are trigonous*, placed in four … Continue reading

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Drosanthemum subplanum

This low-growing shrublet has creeping, rarely rooting branches and leaves 8-14 mm long and about 3 mm wide and thick, with small, rough papillae. In September the plants are covered with pink flowers on conspicuously hairy stalks; the petals are to … Continue reading

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