Tag Archives: Ruschia

Ruschia karrooica

Although the name suggests a wide distribution, this species seems to occur only in a small area in the  southwest corner of the Great Karoo and the adjacent part of the Little Karoo. The plants form small shrubs up to 30 … Continue reading

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Ruschia caroli

In spring (August-September), this is one of the many Mesemb species decorating the countryside with their colourful flowers. It occurs from my area northwards to Clanwilliam on sandy and clayey soils. The shrubs are up to 60 cm in height … Continue reading

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Ruschia impressa

Some people seem think that the second part of this name means impressive, but in reality it means impressed. (Don’t ask me what it refers to!). At first sight it just seems to be another one of those many small, … Continue reading

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Ruschia pungens

Shrubby Mesembs are often difficult to identify with the help of literature. Once a more knowledgeable person has given you the right name, it usually seems hard to believe that you didn’t get there under your own steam. This species … Continue reading

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Ruschia nana

Two months ago I found one specimen of an interesting miniature shrub on the road from Montagu to the southwest entrance of Anysberg Nature Reserve (see first picture). After some digging in the literature I found out that it was … Continue reading

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Ruschia lineolata

Yesterday for the first time I took a serious walk in the Montagu Nature Garden. One of the interesting plants I came across is shown here. The first question when one comes across a plant looking like this is always: … Continue reading

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Hammeria meleagris

Photos taken 13 August 2008 just northwest of Matjiesfontein. Over time the species has had several names in both Lampranthus and Ruschia. There is only one other species of Hammeria (H. gracilis) and the genus occurs in a small area … Continue reading

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