The Gibbaeum handbook by G. C. NEL

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Hairs long, silky at apex xx. Hairs short, sparse .. II. Plants definitely greyish velvety x. Top of plant usually flat or round, fissure minute xx. Top of plant angular with keel, fissure oblique .. B. Leaves very unequal and usually 2-5 times as long as broad a. Plants glabrous I. Plants forming compact clumps with apical part of larger leaf finger like, upper basal part deltoid, leaves unequal, glands separate .. .. II. Plants bushy, upright, leaves finger like (terete), leaves subequal, disc (glands) ring shaped Page thirty-four 1.

Long, 1 mm. broad, linear, obtuse, bright pink. Stamens very numerous, erect, filaments white, anthers pale yellow. Glands about seven, separate, dark green. Style none, stigmas seven, erect, with spreading tips, 5 mm. long, filiform, pale yellowish. Ovary inferior, convex on the top, 7-locular. Ladismith Division. This species resembles G. cryptopodium both in its mode of occur­ rence and form. These two closely allied species grow within half a mile from one another. This species is easily recognized by the very long hairs, resembling those of an old man’s head, only, of course, very much shorter.

Between Wittepoort, Worcester Division and Laingsburg, Prince Albert Division. Approx. altitude 690 metres. Flowers June. Lemoenshoek; between Barrydale and Ladismith; near Calitzdorp; on the mountain at Sebra, between George and Oudtshoorn; near Warmbad; frequent on Groot Vlakte (Dammetjies, Hoekvandenberg); Witvlakte. A distinct species with something of the habit of Sect. Gibbosa, except that the leaves are almost equal in size and united for nearly their whole length. In the Sphaeroidea it is easily distinguishable by its somewhat acute leaves not united quite to the apex and the pedunculate flowers.

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