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More about Mesembs

Mesembs are the most fascinating of succulent plant groups with their enormous range of weird and wonderful forms and adaptations that facilitate survival in unique and hostile environments (mostly Southern African). Succulent leaves, bright shiny-petalled flowers and hygrochastic fruit (capsules open when it rains) characterize the group. Species of the mesemb genus Malephora enliven some […]

About Gesneriads

Many gesneriads bloom throughout the year, an especially welcome sight on a cold winter day. Whatever is a gesneriad? Almost all individual plants belong to larger plant families. In the case of the African violet whose botanical name is Saintpaulia, the larger family is the “Gesneriads” or Gesneriaceae in botanical Latin. Sometimes the relationship is […]