Tag Archives: Vygies

Malephora mollis

It is usually easy to identify a plant as a Malephora.  Beyond that however, things are rather muddled up. So it is with some trepidation that I attach a species name to the pictures shown here. M.  mollis is described … Continue reading

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Leipoldtia schultzei

These plants are easily mistaken for a Lampranthus or a Ruschia. Their fruits however mostly have 10 compartments, whereas in Lampranthus the number is always 5 and in Ruschia usually 5, sometimes 6. They form untidy mats or sprawling shrubs, … Continue reading

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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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Drosanthemum curtophyllum

It is often rather difficult to identify Drosanthemum species, but in this case the name is a useful pointer (curtophyllum = with shortened leaves). The plants are shrublets 10-30 cm tall, with branches that are mostly erect, rooting when growing … 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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Brianhuntleya intrusa

On seeing this species for the first time, one would be excused for mistaking it for an  Antegibbaeum. It was first described as a Ruschia, but in 2003 a new genus was established just for this one species. Since then, … Continue reading

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Oophytum oviforme

Old plants of this species form clumps with up to 20 egg-shaped (=oviform) bodies, which are 1-2 cm tall and 1-3 cm in diameter. Especially when flowering, the very dense stands in which they grow present an unbelievable show. The white to … Continue reading

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