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Gibbaeum hortensae
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape:


Synonym: Muiria hortensae.

Gibbaeum hortensae naturally occurs amongst quartzite pebbles and shares its habitat with other plants of the genus like Gibbaeum petrense and Gibbaeum album.

Occasionally the plants hybridize with Gibbaeum album.

The distribution of Gibbaeum hortensae is limited to a small area in the Little Karoo near the Langeberg mountain range.

As is the case with Lithops, and some other members of the Aizoaceae (Mesembryanthemaceae) family, one or more new plant bodies are formed within an existing body every year. The new bodies burst through the old ones while the latter dries up and eventually remains visible only at the base of the plant.

Gibbaeum hortensae Gibbaeum hortensae Gibbaeum hortensae
A plant in cultivation. Growing typically amongst quartzite pebbles. Photographed near Springfontein. Plant with seed capsules.



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