Common name: Mimicry Mesemb, Mimicry plant
Botanical name: Pleiospilos spp. Family: Aizoaceae (ice plant family)
Mimicry Mesembryanthemums is a rather loose term used to describe a group of
South African succulent plants of a number of different genera
in the family Aizoaceae.
The genus Pleiospilos, when grown properly, is one of the most stone-like of the
Mimicry Mesembs, resembling not rounded pebbles like the Lithops but angular
rough pitted chunks of rock. The name is Greek and means full of dots,
referring to the usually dotted surface of the plants. All species come from
the Karroo desert in Cape Province, Africa and are almost stemless plants with
one to three pairs of usually angular thick leaves joined at the base. In some
species there is a chin-like ledge on the underside of the leaf. This genus is
comparatively easy to grow and will reward good culture by producing its large
flowers, usually yellow, regularly every fall.
|Photographed in New Delhi|