“Conophytum” Genus

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Conophytum is a southern African native, particularly in the Republic of South Africa and Namibia. Its name comes from combining two Greek words, conus and phytum, which mean cone and plant respectively. It is commonly known as the cone plant, button plant, and dumpling. This genus has one hundred and six species, all of which are tiny succulents whose sizes range from ¼ inch to 2 inches. Leaves come in pairs, each referred to as a body. Leaves can be conical, tubular, ovoid, or spherical, depending on the species. The leaves are usually fused either partially or fully.

Each stem has a single body (pair of leaves); however, stems in this genus branch copiously. It is not unlikely to find a plant with over ten stems, so the quantity of foliage will be sufficient. There may be instances when it produces two pairs of leaves. These increased leaves grow when there is hefty rain. Flowers in this genus grow on top of the leaf and are either yellow or purple. The purple flowers have yellow cores, which comprise ovaries or stamens. Each flower has ten to twelve petals.

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