GIBBAEUM

Stemless plants with prostrate branches, the growths consist of ovate, obovate, or almost cylindrical bodies, which are slightly notched or distinctly divided into even or uneven lobes. The leaves are more or less united, but in iog some cases they are separated from each other above. The flower has a stalk and is white or rosy-lilac in colour. The growing period varies with the species. At all times they require to be grown in a light position. They are found in the Karroo, South Africa.

Gibbaeum alburn. The leaves are almost entirely joined together with a fissure at first hardly recognizable, but later opening. The leaves are whitish and covered with minute fine white hairs. The growing period is in summer, and during this period watering should not be too frequent. A beautiful species, having white flowers.

Gibbaeum pubescens. The leaves are united at the base, but of unequal length, the larger being I-| inches long, and the smaller about J inch long; the surface is covered with felty hairs, giving a whitish-grey appearance. Violet-red flowers are produced in February or March. The period of growth is from December to March.

Gibbaeum velutinum. The pale bluish-green leaves are united at the base on prostrate branches. The flowers are white and produced in March to April. The growing period is December to June.

Gibbaeum Heathii. Forms clumps of bodies which are almost round, consisting of two round or oval equal leaves, united together for half their length. The surface is smooth and grass-green in colour. The white to creamish flower is produced in August and September.

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