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Senecio crassissimus

Because of the peculiar orientation of its leaves, this species is often called Vertical Leaf Senecio or propeller plant. The plants have creeping to erect stems, to 80 cm tall  and much-branched. The vertically flattened leaves* are variable in shape, size … Continue reading

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Crassula tecta (part 3 of 3)

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Crassula tecta (part 2 of 3)

   

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Crassula tecta (part 1 of 3)

With their leaves covered in big, coarse papillae (tecta=covered), these great little plants are unmistakable. The papillae protect the leaves again too intense light and strong wind, thereby reducing transpiration. Some forms of Cr. namaquensis look similar, but the papillae are different … Continue reading

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Aloe microstigma (part 2 of 2)

The first two pictures show how the plants curve their leaves inwards as a protection against sun and wind in the dry season.    This picture  was taken late January, the next one mid March.

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Cheiridopsis namaquensis (part 1 of 2)

One of the many older names for this plant is Mesembryanthemum  cigarettiferum. Gustav Schwantes in his magnum opus “Flowering stones and Midday-Flowers” (1957) gives a wonderful description of the species, referring to that name as follows: “…It was a small, tufted, … Continue reading

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Avonia papyracea (part 2 of 2)

These pictures show subspecies namaensis.

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