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Nananthus


A Nananthus aloides in my collection


     Nananthus is a genus of a dozen or so species of Mesemb from southern Africa, related to Aloinopsis and Titanopsis. They normally consist of rosettes of fleshy, pointy oval leaves that arise from a tuberous root. In cultivation the root is often exposed for effect. They bloom in fall and early winter and have the typical daisy like flower of the Mesembs. They are usually yellow sometimes tinged with red.
     Nananthus aloides is found in South Africa and Botswana. It's leaves have a beautifull texture and feel, they are covered with minute white felty spots. Below is a closer view. Flowers are yellow.

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