FAUCARIA

These plants are found in the Karroo desert of South Africa. There are about 10 species that are popular with collectors. They are very succulent plants and all are of easy cultivation. The leaves are very crowded, united at the base, fleshy, keeled towards the tip, and have teeth along the edges. The growing period is in autumn and early winter. They require as much light as possible, and in autumn and winter should be watered freely. In summer, less water is required.

Faucaria albidens. The species has rosettes with S or 6 pairs of leaves 1 inch long, wider in the middle, elongated, triangular and tapering; they are fresh green with small dots, and the edges have 3 to 5 recurved teeth. The flower is golden-yellow.

Faucaria felina. The plant has keeled and pointed leaves, indistinctly dotted with white, and with 3 to 5 recurved teeth at the edges. The flowers are golden-yellow.

Faucaria tigrina. A somewhat variable species, grey-green with numerous white dots in rows. The edges of the leaves have 9 to 10 stout teeth, which end in fine hairs. If kept in a light position the leaves become reddish. Flowers, golden-yellow.

Faucaria Brittenae. Surface grey-green, with distinct grey dots; edges of leaves and part of keel surrounded by whitish or reddish horny bands, with 3 or 4 hair-like teeth in the middle.

Faucaria tuberculosa. Avery interesting species with very thick dark green leaves; the edges usually have 3 stout teeth and several undeveloped teeth. Flowers measure approximately I| inches, and are yellow.

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