Glottiphyllum (Haw.) N.E.Br.


Greek glotta—tongue, phyllon—leaf, referring to the fleshy tongue-like leaves.

Tufted perennial herbs with the internodes not visible. Leaves generally in unequal pairs but in 2 ranks, sometimes the pairs crossing over one another and often swollen at the base, occasionally with translucent spots. Flowers solitary with 4 sepals. Petals more or less free, yellow. Ovary with 8-20 chambers and ovules with parietal placentation.

A number of species may be found, especially in collections but the most commonly encountered is G. oligocarpum L. Bolus; it has ranked leaves in unequal pairs, pale grey-green with conspicuous spots especially towards the tip. The yellow flowers may be up to 6 cm wide.

Seed or cuttings.

Tongue-like 2-ranked leaves in unequal pairs; flowers yellow.

About 55 species from South Africa.

Hartmann & Gölling (1993).

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