Tag Archives: Geraniaceae

Pelargonium echinatum (part 1 of 2)

The specific name echinatus means prickly or armed with spines or prickles and is derived from the word echinus (hedgehog). When you look at the recurved thorny stipules on the stems, it is easy to see where the name comes … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Pelargonium incrassatum

In her book “Namaqualand in flower” (1972), Sima Eliovson referred to this species as follows: “Quite the most outstanding Pelargonium in Namaqualand, this has thick clusters of brilliant cerise-purple flowers that  grow beside the brightest annuals and can be spotted … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Monsonia (Sarcocaulon) patersonii

With its thick, often nearly golden yellow stems, heavy armature and beautiful flowers, this species stands out even within a group of plants as special as the Sarcocaulons. The plants occur in the coastal desert from Luederitz in southern Namibia to … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Pelargonium luteolum

About 70 species of Pelargonium belong to the section Hoarea: deciduous geophytes with turnip-shaped or elongated tubers. Several of these plants have similar leaves, so one needs flowers to positively identify them. P. luteolum  possesses a large tuberous rootstock and a … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pelargonium lobatum

Last week I  saw flowers of this species in the wild for the first time ever.  The pleasure was even greater because it was completely unexpected (according to the literature the flowers appear from September through November). Pelargonium lobatum  is a geophyte with … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Monsonia (Sarcocaulon) crassicaulis, part 3

The flowers are white to pale yellow and to 5.5 cm in diameter. They look as if made from crepe paper, thereby creating a striking contrast with the starkness of the spiny stems.

Posted in succulents | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Monsonia (Sarcocaulon) crassicaulis, part 2

The plants form shrubs up to 75 cm tall and seem to prefer stony plains and low ridges. Their thick stems (up to 2 cm thick) have a hard skin containing large quantities of resin and wax. This impervious layer is an excellent way … Continue reading

Posted in succulents | Tagged , , | 1 Comment