Tag Archives: Portulacaceae

Avonia papyracea (part 2 of 2)

These pictures show subspecies namaensis.

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Avonia papyracea (part 1 of 2)

Even if one has no knowledge of Latin, it is probably easy to understand that papyracea means papery. This refers to the thin, white scales that cover the stems. These scales are in fact modified stipules: outgrowths of the base of … Continue reading

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Anacampseros comptonii (2)

The last picture shows a plant in cultivation.

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Anacampseros comptonii (1)

When you have a first look at the kind of habitat this species is found in, it looks bare and desolate. The photo below was made in the beginning of April after good rains,  so one would expect a lot … Continue reading

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Anacampseros albidiflora (2)

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Anacampseros albidiflora (1)

Plants of this species are found widespread in the Great and Little Karoo on stony slopes, usually sheltered by rocks or bushes. They are columnar and relatively thick, up to 4 cm tall (when not in flower). The flowers are … Continue reading

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Anacampseros retusa

The flat-topped rosettes of this species appear in small clusters from a caudex 1,5-2 cm in diameter. The leaves are not more than 10-11 mm long. These miniatures occur from southern Namibia to Riversdale in southern South Africa, growing on … Continue reading

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