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Family: Aizoaceae

Citation: Schwantes, Z. Sukk. 2:186 (1926).

Derivation: After Ernst Rusch, a botanical collector in Namibia.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Erect to prostrate shrubby perennials with opposite often shortly connate fleshy trigonous smooth sessile exstipulate leaves.

Flowers solitary and axillary or terminal or in branched inflorescences, pedunculate or sessile; perianth lobes 4 or 5, free; stamens many, often recurved, arising from a staminal tube, mostly petaloid and showy, often purplish; ovary inferior, usually 5-celled, ovules parietal; styles as many as cells.

Capsule opening when wet by as many valves as there are ovary cells, keels winged, tubercle large; seeds yellowish or brownish, rough, more or less spherical.

Distribution:  About 350 species, native to southern Africa.

Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Grown as ornamentals, and difficulty is experienced in determining whether or not a particular specimen represents a naturalised population and, if so, what its correct identification is.

Author: Not yet available

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