Tag Archives: Mesembs

Drosanthemum curtophyllum

It is often rather difficult to identify Drosanthemum species, but in this case the name is a useful pointer (curtophyllum = with shortened leaves). The plants are shrublets 10-30 cm tall, with branches that are mostly erect, rooting when growing … Continue reading

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Cephalophyllum tetrastichum

Described in 1989, this is still a species that is little known about. It is only found in sand between rocks in the salt spray zone  of South Africa’s northwest coast (near Port Nolloth). The leaves are trigonous*, placed in four … Continue reading

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Brianhuntleya intrusa

On seeing this species for the first time, one would be excused for mistaking it for an  Antegibbaeum. It was first described as a Ruschia, but in 2003 a new genus was established just for this one species. Since then, … Continue reading

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Oophytum oviforme

Old plants of this species form clumps with up to 20 egg-shaped (=oviform) bodies, which are 1-2 cm tall and 1-3 cm in diameter. Especially when flowering, the very dense stands in which they grow present an unbelievable show. The white to … Continue reading

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Cleretum (Dorotheanthus) bellidiforme

In many parts of the world this extremely variable annual is a popular garden plant. The plants are low-growing, usually less than 10 cm tall, with narrow, spatula-shaped leaves. In nature the beautiful flowers appear in August-September, usually in shades of white, pink, reddish-purple or red, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Cleretum papulosum

Not long ago the genus Cleretum had only three members. Because there are no clear characteristics for separating Clertum and Dorotheanthus, in 2012 it was decided to combine the two genera. This means that the species in  Dorotheanthus have been transferred to Cleretum, … Continue reading

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Mesembryanthemum (Sceletium) tortuosum (part 1 of 2)

It’s a bit of a pity that the former genus name has been dropped, as it aptly suggested the way  in which the persistent old, dry leaves form a sceleton protecting the new leaves. The creeping or scrambling plants have  imbricate leaves (overlapping like the tiles … Continue reading

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