Fenestraria N.E.Br.

Baby Toes

Latin fenestra—window, referring to the window like translucent leaf tips.

Dwarf, Perennial succulents with the stems concealed by the leaves. Leaves finger-like in rosettes, characteristically broader towards the tip where they are flattened and window-like. Flowers solitary, terminal, with long stalks. Sepals 5, free. Petals in 1 row, linear and often with a notch at the tip. Ovary half inferior with 10-16 chambers; ovules with parietal placentation.

The only recognised species is the summer-flowering F. rhopalophylla (Schltr. & Diels) N.E. Br. [F. aurantiaca N.E. Br.]. The subsp. aurantiaca (N. E. Br.) H.E.K. Hartmann has petals yellow to orange and subsp. rhopalophylla has white flowers and shorter leaves.

Seed, leaf cuttings or division.

Finger-like leaves with translucent flattened tips; ovary chambers 10-16.

1 species from coastal S Namibia and S Africa.

Hartmann (1982).

Source: Spencer, R.; Thompson, A. (1997). Aizoaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae