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Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of the Western Cape
Haseltonia | Year: 2015

A new Cotyledon is described from the Goukou River near Stilbaai in the Western Cape. Cotyledon lutea is a distinct, semi-scandent plant from the thicket vegetation of the Goukou Rivier. It differs from other Cotyledon species by its yellow flowers on long pedicels bearing transversely oblong emarginate squamae. At 3 mm in diameter, these are the largest recorded for the genus Cotyledon.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of the Western Cape
Haseltonia | Year: 2015

A new subspecies of the widespread C. woodii is named, originating from sheer cliff faces of the lower Kei River in the Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of the Western Cape
Haseltonia | Year: 2015

An new locality for Aloe scorpioides Leach from the Serra das Neves is reported. An amplified description is given, noting differences between the plants at the two localities.


The relationship between succulents and herbivores at Gonarezhou are discussed. The savannah of Africa is known for its dense herbivore population. Herbivores and succulents co-evolved-the latter having juicy stems and leaves-but how do succulent plants cope in a hostile semi-arid environment ruled by mega herbivores? The deterioration of baobabs due to elephant utilization is a good thermometer of savannah health.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of the Western Cape
Haseltonia | Year: 2015

Crassula Montana subsp. borealis, a new, dwarf, cliff-hugging succulent, is described from the quartzitic sandstone cliffs along the Skaaprivierspoort (N.W. of Springbok). It has also been found on the upper slopes of the saw-edged peaks of the Rosyntjieberg (Richtersveld) in the Northern Cape and is known from only these two populations. The cup-shaped rosettes of broadly ovate leaves, which are pitted, immediately distinguish it from C. Montana subsp. Montana and C. pseudohemisphaerica.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of South Africa
Bradleya | Year: 2015

A new Kleinia species from the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe is described.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of South Africa
Bradleya | Year: 2015

Bulbine spongiosa (Asphodelaceae), a geophyte endemic to sheer rock faces of Olifantsrivier, Badspoort (Western Cape), South Africa, is described. Tubers proliferate filling crevices. The leaves are ascending, distichous and fragile, the inner portions of which are distinctly spongy. The description of this taxon forms part of an extensive survey of cliff-dwelling succulent and bulbous-succulent taxa in South Africa and Namibia (Van Jaarsveld, 2011).


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of South Africa
Bradleya | Year: 2015

Cotyledon petiolaris, a new species is described from shale cliffs of the Mbashe River (eastern coast of the Eastern Cape), South Africa. It differs from all other Cotyledon species by its short leaf petiole and continuous cartilaginous margin, extending to the petiole.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of South Africa
Bradleya | Year: 2015

A new Cotyledon species, related to the widespread C. woodii, but with sticky leaves, is named from the lower slopes of the mountains surrounding the Kouga Dam in the Eastern Cape.


Van Jaarsveld E.J.,Babylons Toren Farm | Van Jaarsveld E.J.,University of South Africa
Bradleya | Year: 2015

Drosanthemum badspoortensis is named from Badspoort in the Western Cape. It is an obligatory cliff-dweller with several unique features.

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