• E. Van JaarsveldEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants book series (SUCCPLANTS)


A diagnostic description of the monotypic genus is given. The geographical distribution is outlined, together with a selection of important literature, and an explanation of the etymology of the name. This is followed by a short summary of its position in the phylogeny of the family and of the past and present classification in a phylogenetic context.

This is followed by a synoptical treatment of the single succulent species of the genus.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biodiversity and ConservationUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa

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