In conlrast to the preceding members of the Aizoaceae described in this section the plants on this page are generally quite large and are unsuitable for mixed plantings on account of their fairly prolific growth. They are sufficiently stone like, however, to be included in this section, having the vaguely chunky-shaped leaves which one expects of this group of plants.
Pleiospilos bolusii is named in honour of Dr H. M. Louisa Bolus who did a great deal of work on the whole family at the beginning of the present century. It is at first solitary but as it grows it develops a straggly branching habit with age. The plant bodies usually comprise a single pair of leaves but sometimes there are two pairs. They are almost vertical in habit and the flattened surfaces which face each other are often wider than they are tall giving the plant a very wide appearance. The plant bodies are a greyish green and become tinged with red if exposed to full sunlight, especially if they are allowed to become dry during this period. The leaves are covered with numerous much darker green spots although these are not as frequent on the inside-facing surfaces of the leaves as they are on the other surfaces. It flowers freely during the late autumn, after which it should be rested until the end of
Pleiospilos nelii is far less common than the preceding sort. It is very similar to P. bolusii. the main distinction being the absence of the pronounced keel so characteristic of the latter species.
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