Tag Archives: Namaqualand

Aloidendron dichotomum (part 1 of 2)

Based on genetic research, in 2013 Ronell Klopper and Gideon Smith created the  genus Aloidendron to accommodate 6 species of tree aloes, including Aloe dichotoma. The plants form trees with a rounded crown,  with stems to 1 m in diameter … Continue reading

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Cephalophyllum tricolorum

I suppose that few people will get excited about a Cephalophyllum without flowers, but when flowers are present, it is quite  a different story. In this case, the flowers are up to 5 cm in diameter, with yellow petals and orange stamens with … Continue reading

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