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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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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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Conophytum meyeri (part 1 of 2)

When a species has many synoniems (16 in this case), one cannot help but wonder what that means. There may be a couple of reasons for the plethora of names, but in this case the most likely one is the species being so highly … Continue reading

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Crassula corallina (part 2: subsp. macrorrhiza)

Compared to ssp. corallina, these plants look more sturdy, with leaves 4-5 mm long and wide. The leaves are also much whiter. Another difference is that they have a tuberous main root up to 1.2 cm wide (macrorrhiza= with a … Continue reading

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Euphorbia dregeana

As the first picture shows, these up to 2m tall, dense clumps are very conspicuous in the field. The branches are yellowish-green to grey-green, usually up to 3 cm thick at the base and 1.2 cm in diameter above, with leaves that soon disappear. … Continue reading

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Euph stapelioides

These peculiar little plants occur in the northwest corner of the Richtersveld (Oranjemund to Koekenaap), where they form rather dense mats. They have tuberous roots and  tough and fibrous aerial stems, which are more or less terete, 30-100 mm long  and 2-5 mm in … Continue reading

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Bulbine mesembryanthoides (part 3 of 3)

Subspecies namaquensis differs from its sibling by having no more than two leaves, one of which is usually inconspicuous. The inflorescence is shorter (5-10 cm tall) and always single and the filaments have a double tuft of hairs. These plants occur only in … Continue reading

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