(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
A native of the northern parts of Namaqualand, Namibia where it lives in the succulent Karoo mostly on quartz flats, hills and stony ground and is also found on granite.
A low, mat-forming succulent that is widespread and extremely variable. The stems are short but the nodes are not visible owing to 2 or 4 thick, fleshy leaves. An evergreen that forms new leaves each year, the paired leaves are joined at the base, tapering and vertically compressed. The lower surface is keeled while the upper surface is flat and the leaf is an all over grey-green.
During drought the plant still produces new leaves at the expense of the older leaves. The water and biomass reserves in the older leaves are shared with the new leaves and if the drought continues the ensuing plant is smaller than the original. Once the rains come and the plant can take up sufficient water, the plant will fully expand to become larger than the original.
The flowers are 60 mm in diameter, usually yellow but cream to salmon forms are known, appear from winter to spring (June to September in the Southern Hemisphere).
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