Growing fast, but with too
Flower on a wild plant I
found in western South Africa.
This little member of the Portulacaceae
family was given this name by Gordon Douglas Rowley in 1994. It is
found in the western part of South Africa and southern part of
Namibia. It grows in grit with little water and lots of sun. The
branches can grow to ten or even fifteen centimetres. The pale
yellow flowers are short lived; not more than a hour.
The two subspecies are: Avonia papyracea subsp. namaensis,
G.D. Rowley and Avonia papyracea subsp. papyracea, G.D.
Rowley 1994. At present, I haven't figured out the difference...
This bright white scales;
stipules, reflect the sunlight, protecting the plant in its harsh
environment. Underneath each, a tiny leaf can be found.