Tag Archives: South African succulents

Euphorbia meloformis ssp. meloformis

One does not have to be a linguist to surmise that meloformis means shaped like a melon. Judging from the old synoniems pomiformis and pyriformis, the plants may also resemble an apple resp. a pear. Usually the stems are single, more or … Continue reading

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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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Crassula alpestris ssp. massonii

Four of the six species belonging to the section Columnares of Crassula are more or less well known (barklyi, congesta, pyramidalis and -of course- columnaris). One other (C. multiceps) I have never even seen and the subject of this post … Continue reading

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Euphorbia eustacei (part 2 of 2)

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Augea capensis

When one sees a great many of these plants together, this usually means that the  local vegetation has been heavily disturbed (the plants are rarely eaten by stock or game because the juice in the leaves is very salty). They can … 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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Euphorbia hamata (incl. peltigera)

Hamata means hooked, an apt specific name for this species with its recurved tubercles. The plants often form dense, much-branched clumps up to about 50 cm tall and 60 cm or more in diameter with a thickened main stem. The flowers (cyathia really) … Continue reading

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