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PUSTULATA  Tölken, 1972

Section Squamulosae

Distribution : South Africa (Western Cape). Growing in sancy depressions or in deep pockets of sand on rocks, always associated with sandstone, occurring in the mountainous areas from the Bokkeveld in the south to the Gifberg in the north.


Description by Tölken :

Plants erect, often fastigiate, (10-) 14 - 20 cm high, much branched with wiry branches 1 mm, rarely 2 - 3 mm thick at the base, with lower branches often rooting, with trichomes covering most parts of the plant; trichomes recurved adpressed hairs on the internodes, adpressed hairs with an acute apex basifugally and with two lateral points basipetally.

Leaves linear-lanceolate, acute, 5 - 14 mm long, 1 - 2 mm broad, almost terete with upper surface usually flat, erect or spreading, grey-green to greyish-brown; sheath 1 - 1.5 mm long.

Inflorescence terminal, usually with two dichasia, with (1-) 3 - 8 (-14) flowers in a lax flat-topped cluster.

Flowers : Sepals linear-lanceolate drawn into a point, 4 - 5 mm long, uneven, usually glabrous, rarely with few small papillae, petals elliptic-lanceolate, often pointed as subterminal appendage appears to be terminal, fused up to 3 mm, reflexed, 8 - 10 mm long, 2 mm broad, denticulate, white or light yellow, stamens 6 - 7  mm long with dark brown anthers.


Flowering time : Mid-summer.

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