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Flora Capensis 1 (1860) 264.
Leaves simple to tripartite, lamina 15-65 mm x 15-60 mm, broadly ovate, apex rounded or obtuse, margin entire to crenate - lobulate. Lamina covered with long glandular hairs, margins ciliate. Petiole 20-80 mm, prostrate. Stipules subulate, adnate to petioles with free apices, 6-10 mm.
Usually not branched, with 12-40(50) flowers. Scape wine-red covered with long, 3-4 mm, patent hairs interspersed with glandular hairs, pedicel 0.5-2 mm.
5, lanceolate, 6-10 x 1.5-3 mm, recurved. Hypanthium 20-77 mm, wine-red.
Petals 5, pale yellow to cream, spathulate, posterior or all with wine-red markings, posterior 13-22 x 3-8 mm, anterior three 10.5-17.5 x 3-6.5 mm.
5 fertile, posterior one 5-10 mm, lateral two 7-12 mm, anterior two 11-16 mm.
Rolling hills about 5 km N of the historic town of Matjiesfontein, W Cape Province in August 2015, when the above photograph was taken - this was a dry winter and the plants were surprisingly small, about 8 cm in diameter altogether.
It's impossible to have "just a quick walk" in this landscape as nature always manages to leave you in complete awe. Here, a magnificently shaped, almost quadrangular, squat Crassula pyramidalis, only some 3 cm tall.
Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1934, Tab. 9342.
Marais E. M. (2005).
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