Tag Archives: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Caralluma edithae

Usually the colour of the stems is a peculiar beige-greyish. In combination with their distinctly projecting teeth and hardened leaf-scars, this makes these plants usually  immediately recognizable in the wild (Somaliland and the adjacent part of Ethiopia : the Ogaden). When the … Continue reading

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Caralluma foetida

When not in flower, this species is difficult to distinguish from related species like C. retrospiciens and C. speciosa. The stems are 2-3.5 cm thick and up to 20 cm tall, forming cushions to 1.5 m in diameter. The inflorescences are … Continue reading

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Hoodia (Trichocaulon) alstonii

Of the small-flowered Hoodias this is by far the tallest, with plants growing into many-stemmed shrubs up to slightly over a meter tall and 0.5 m wide. The stems have an unusual whitish, grey-green colour and their 20-22 obtuse angles are armed … Continue reading

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Stapelia grandiflora var. grandiflora

Because they may form large clumps to over a meter in diameter, plants of this species are often quite conspicuous in the field. They occur widespread in the Great Karoo and from Calitzdorp to the Eastern Cape and into the Free State, … Continue reading

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Huernia pillansii (part 1 of 2)

With its almost furry stems this species is easy to identify, even without flowers. Only Stapelianthus pilosus from Madagascar is somewhat similar. The stems are normally 1.5-6 cm long, but may reach as much as 18 cm; they usually have 10-16 spiral … Continue reading

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Hoodia (Trichocaulon) flava

Although these plants may reach a height of 50 cm, they are usually much smaller. They occur in a few places in southern Namibia and around Pofaddder in Bushmanland, but the majority of them are found from Calvinia to Carnavon … Continue reading

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Tridentea gemmiflora

Clumps of this species may become more than a meter in diameter. It is widespread on flats in dry scrub from Worcester to the Free State, but it is never common. The beautiful and distinctive flowers are 4.5-10 cm across … Continue reading

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