Monsonia (Sarcocaulon) ciliata Part 1

This planr is only known from northwestern Namaqualand, where it grows in the coastal plain between the mountains and the sea, from Lekkersing southwards to Wallekraal. The plants are usually not taller than 18 cm. The flowers are about 3.5 cm in diameter and are characterized by the cilia along the rim of the petals. According to literature the flowers appear in March, September and in summer, but all but one of the pictures shown here and in the next post were made in July and August.

sarccili 2011-07-11_DSC5926

sarccili 2007-08-31_IMG_2390-2

sarccili 2009-07-2#084