Tag Archives: Asphodelaceae

Aloe suarezensis

To see this species in the wild, you have to go to the far north of Madagascar. The plants grow there abundantly on limestone on the Montagne des Français and neighbouring hills near Antsiranana. The old -but still often used- name … Continue reading

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Bulbine haworthioides

Comparing the first three pictures (taken in the wild) to the fourth (taken in cultivation), it may be hard to believe that they represent the same species. The plants occur in quartz gravel on hillocks on the southwestern Knersvlakte. They are geophytes, with a … Continue reading

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Bulbine mesembryanthoides (part 3 of 3)

Subspecies namaquensis differs from its sibling by having no more than two leaves, one of which is usually inconspicuous. The inflorescence is shorter (5-10 cm tall) and always single and the filaments have a double tuft of hairs. These plants occur only in … Continue reading

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Bulbine mesembryanthoides (part 2 of 3)

One often comes across the name of the species as Bulbine mesembryanthemoides, but because Haworth used the spelling mesembryanthoides in his original description, this has to be accepted as correct. Subspecies mesembryanthoides has a small underground tuber and usually 1-2 leaves (rarely up to … Continue reading

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Bulbine mesembryanthoides (part 1 of 3)

If there were a list of favourite types of succulents, I’m sure the so-called window plants  would rank very high. Most of these plants belong to the Aizoaceae (Mesembs), but they are also found in Bulbine and Haworthia. When one looks … Continue reading

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