Tag Archives: Succulents

Tongue-leafed mesemb. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Tongue-leafed mesemb, Glottiphyllum longum with seed pods or fruit capsules. this species flowers in autumn in the western cape, little karoo region.

The highly succulent leaves are oblong and slightly flattened. Stems are not normally visible and the plant exhibits clump-forming growth as opposed to trailing.

Very hardy.

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Aloe ferox tapping in the Little Karoo.

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Aloe tappers near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo arrange the cut aloe leaves in a ring around a depression in the ground lined with plastic. Aloin sap flows from the aloe leaves and is collected in the plastic. It is then boiled and reduced to a resinous form taken as a laxative and for arthritis.

Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s head). Featured plant at Towerkop nursery.

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Sprawling succulent shrublet with a rosette of warty club shaped branches arising from a short thick stem (caudex). Endemic near Cape town, South Africa found in deep sand and on rocky outcrops.

“Euphorbias are characterized by their milky latex. Stipules are usually present, often modified into prickles and spines.

Many species produce peduncles (inflorescent stalks) which persist after the cyathia (cup-shaped structures) and capsules have withered.

In some species these persistent peduncles become sharpened at the tip and become true spines.

The individual flowers, set within a cyathium, which is the basic unit of the inflorescence of euphorbia, are surrounded by a number of bracts which form a unique floral envelope or involucre.

The flowers are unisexual with the male flower reduced to a single stamen on it’s own pedicel.

Curiously there is never more than one female flower in a cyathium, whereas the male flowers are always numerous.

Capsules usually consist of three cells. the cells seperate at maturity from a persistent axis, often freeing the seed with great force.”

Moonstone, Pachyphytum flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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A native of Mexico, this Moonstone succulent flowers from late winter to early spring.

This Stapeliad is flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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It is indigenous to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Chearful Portulacas flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Portulacas are easy to grow succulent annuals that come in many colours. I like the salmon coloured ones the most !

Stapelia gariepensis – Flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Found in stony places and drier areas of the Karoo and Namaqualand in South Africa. The starfish-like flowers mimic the odour of rotting flesh, to attract the carrion flies that pollinate them.

Nice to look at though !

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Seedpod and seeds of Stapelia gariepensis.