Richtersveld, 14 th July 2011
Like the one above, normally the pictures in this blog have a longest side of 444 pixels, but this is one of those that only come out well in a bigger size.
Here it is shown with a longest side of 555 pixels and I think that this looks rather better. Please let me know if you agree.
Crassula pyramidalis comes in many guises. Here we see some plants of one of the real dwarf forms.
They were first photographed using a reflector, to diminish the enormous contrast between the white flowers and the dark background. The second picture shows the situation as I found it. Both pictures have their pros and cons and it is nice to have these two different versions.
It would be hard to come up with a more apt name for this interesting little gem which is not just beautiful, but also interesting in an ecological sense.
The following pictures show how dramatically the appearance of the plants changes between late autumn and late spring. Please bear in mind that the plants occur in the southern hemisphere, and also that they only grow in the cooler and wetter months (autumn to early spring). They are almost always found in shade, under shrubs or rocks.
End of October (late spring)
Now that summer is approaching, the rosettes have closed to minimize transpiration. As a result of this, the cover of long hairs at the same time acts as insulation against strong light and desiccating winds.