GM 207, Sandpoort, Eastern Cape Province. South Africa
Knows as the Tiger Jaws, a unique toothy-leaved succulent plant. This is a very beautiful unnamed variety of Faucaria. Bright yellow flowers in late summer that opens in the afternoons.
Plant size: Well established plants, about 5 to 7 cm in diameter are offered.
The mesembs (Mesembryanthemacea) is a very large family with about 123 genera and about 1600-1800 known species. The main distribution for the family is in southern Africa with species extending into east Africa, Arabian peninsula, Madagascar, Australia, and New Zealand. Mesembs are widely-spread and is found in all 9 provinces of South Africa. The plants occupy a wide range of habitats. From dry rocky areas, to high rainfall grass-veld. Leaf succulence is mostly represented in the family but stem or tuberous succulence is also known. Growth habitat varies considerably from tufted perenials, two leaved succulents, ground-covers to large shrubs.or two leafed ground covers and shrubs.
The plants are normally recognised by their flowers and interesting fruiting capsules. Flowers of many species only open at certain times, some in the day, others in the late afternoon and some later in the evening. White, red, pink, yellow and orange is the most common flowers colours but other interesting colours and bicoloured flowers are also known.
The ground cover and shruby genera like Lapranthus, Carpobrotus, Aptenia and Ruschia makes very attractive garden plants. The highly succulent species like Lithops, Titanopis, Conophytum etc are best suited to be grown in containers under cover.