“Avonia” Genus

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There are twelve species in this small genus. It has white scales that make it look like an old person. Thus, its name is a derivative of ‘Avus’ which means grandfather in Latin. This genus is originally from Northern Cape in South Africa, with Recuvarta being this genus’ best-known species. The white hairs that cover its leaves are meant to keep the plants from losing water in the arid conditions of its natural habitat. Leaves in this genus are so small that the white stripes cover them entirely. They are usually 1 mm long and 2 mm wide, spirally arranged on the stem.

Roots in this genus are thick and tuberous. They help to store water for the challenging environment of their habitat. These plants’ stems are short, reaching a mature height of 8-10 centimeters.

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