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Gibbaeum (Muiria) hortenseae

These peculiar and very distinctive plants form little clumps of soft and velvety-hairy* leaf-bodies which are about 4 cm tall and 3 cm in diameter. During the long resting period, the bodies are completely enclosed in the dry sheath-like remains of … Continue reading

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Pachypodium brevicaule (part 1 of 3)

For a little prologue to this post, see the preceding one: Kalanchoe integrifolia). Although Mt. Ibity is perhaps the most accessible place, P. brevicaule also occurs in a couple of other habitats in Madagascars central highlands. Plants can be found from Ambositra … Continue reading

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xAstroworthia bicarinata (Astroloba corrugata x Haworthia pumila)

A while ago, on a trip from Montagu to the southwest entrance of Anysberg Nature Reserve, friend Marion and I came across a couple of plants we had never seen before. They grew in a flat area with low shrubs … Continue reading

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Crassula congesta (2)

In his revision of the genus Crassula (see yesterday’s post), Toelken makes the following remark with regard to the 2 subspecies: “…it is significant that each one can be identified without hesitation. No plants with intermediate characters have been recorded..” To my … Continue reading

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Tylecodon paniculatus X wallichii

It is not often that one finds natural hybrids and it is even more rare to see them growing cheek by jowl with both parents. The three plants in the centre of the picture are- from left to right- T. … Continue reading

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Two interesting Euphorbias from the southern Great Karoo. Part 2: The start of a hybrid swarm?

Because this area harbours a variety of interesting succulents, we had high expectations of what we might come across. Nevertheless, the rest of the trip was rather boring. That is, till the moment George pointed out a big clump of … Continue reading

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