ISI 2017-29. Stomatium villetii L. Bolus

Superficially resembling Rhinephyllum pillansii offered this year as well, with similarly-shaped leaves but more prominent keels and margins and with a few snaggled teeth. The innermost pair of leaves are often tightly shut at first and resemble the head of some toothy fish. The species is quite easily maintained in cultivation and will make a compact show-worthy clump in time. We offer HBG 128485, plants grown from seed collected by Russell Wagner (RW 64) 60 km E of Sutherland, Northern Cape, on the road to Williston. According to Russell: “This is one of the coldest areas of South Africa, receives snow, and thus the plants should be quite cold hardy… In habitat they occupy shallow soils over hard rock pans, where little else can survive: from blistering dry heat in the summer, to waterlogged freezing cold in the winter.” He adds that the plants produce deliciously scented flowers that open in early evening and close around midnight. $7.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 89 (3), May-June, 2017