Tag Archives: Mesembryanthemum

Mesembryanthemum (Phyllobolus) canaliculatum

These plants are geophytes with tuberous roots; they occur from the Cape Peninsula eastward to Port Elizabeth, growing in coastal dunes. As a special adaptations to their sandy habitat, they have long creeping branches rooting at the nodes. The Aizoaceae family does not have not … Continue reading

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Mesembryanthemum (Psilocaulon) junceum

Almost all Mesembs are leaf succulents, but this species is an exception. On young stems, leaves are present for a short period, but they fall off as soon as the dry period sets in. The leaves are small but at … Continue reading

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Mesembryanthemum guerichianum (2)

The big bladder cells that cover leaves and calyxes give the impression of beautiful jewellery, but their reason for being there is rather more prosaic. They function as external water storage for the plants (see post 17 Dec. 2012).

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Mesembryanthemum guerichianum (1)

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Brownanthus ciliatus ssp. ciliatus

Together with the other members of the genus this is among the few stem succulents in the family. The short-lived leaves are provided at their base with a fringe of long hairs (cilia = lash). The plants occur from Calvinia in … Continue reading

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Mesembryanthemum subtruncatum (2)

George Hattingh’s comment on the previous post reminded me of the fact that this species occurs at least as far east as Calitzdorp. The following three pictures were taken 8 Oct. 2009: The last two ones date from 19 Oct. … Continue reading

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Mesembryanthemum subtruncatum (1)

This interesting annual is locally abundant  in disturbed places from Ceres to the western Little Karoo. The flowers appear in Sept.- Oct. and are pink or white. 8 Aug. 2009 26 Sept. 2006 30 Sept.  2011 30 Sept.  2011 To … Continue reading

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