ISI 2011-24. Delosperma esterhuyseniae L. Bolus

Unlike most species of this genus, which tend to be rather rampant groundcovers or shrubs, this is a diminutive, compact, caespitose plant. Its branches spread about 5 cm from a central rootstock but are hidden by rosettes of subclavate leaves about 2 cm long. These are dark green or blush reddish in bright light, providing contrast for the bright white, 1.5 cm flowers. The species is native to the Uniondale district of the W. Cape of South Africa and is therefore predominantly winter-growing but benefits from some summer water. We offer seedlings and rooted cuttings of HBG 104727, originally from seed collected by Steven Hammer (SH 1222) and Jan Vlok at Adamskraal, at the west end of Baviaanskloof, W. Cape, S. Africa. $5.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 83 (2), March - April, 2011