Ruschia Schwantes

Commemorating Ernest Rusch of Lichtenstein Farm, Namaqualand, South Africa.

Perennial shrubs, sometimes prostrate. Leaves mostly green, in pairs fused at the base, often with a toothed ridge below, slightly sunken above to give a ship appearance and pointed at the tip, sometimes with dots, the stem visible between pairs. Flowers 1-many, terminal or axillary. Sepals 4-5, free. Petals in 1-several rows. Ovary inferior with 4-5 chambers; ovule placentation parietal.

R. pygmaea (Haw.) Schwantes forms spreading mats and has leaves less than 1.5 cm long with only 2 dissimilar pairs per shoot. R. tumidula (Haw.) Schwantes is a spreading to erect shrub with leaves 2-3 cm long and pink flowers about 2 cm wide; it is naturalised on the coast of the Mornington Peninsula in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.

Seed or cuttings.

Leaves in pairs with the stem visible between them, often with a toothed ridge below and pointed at the tip.

About 350 species from S and SW Africa.

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