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Photo by Grootscholten

Author:  H-D. Ihlenfeldt & S.Jörgensen, 1973
Origin:  North-Western South Africa
Soil:  Grit
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  20 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Mesembryanthemum moniliforme, Carl Peter Thunberg, 1791.
Conophyllum moniliforme, Schwantes.
Mitrophyllum moniliforme,
Monilaria peersii,
Schwantesia moniliformis,

This member of the Aizoaceae family was given this name by Hans-Dieter Ihlenfeldt and Sigurd Jörgensen in 1973. It is found in north western South Africa, growing in the wintertime in a well drained soil or even grit with some water and lots of sun. The swollen stems can grow to three centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name from Latin monile; 'neckless' and the species ending means 'looking like a Monilaria' as it first was described as an Mesembryanthemum.

IPNI also claims Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes described it in 1929.

This is a winter-grower.