Species in SUBFENESTRATA group: (Type species: Conophytum
- Conophytum achabene
- Conophytum burgeri
- Conophytum concavum
- Conophytum ratum
- Conophytum subfenestratum
The HERREANTHUS group is based on Schwantes'
former genus Herreanthus (which commemorates Hans Herre). The
HERREANTHUS group is made up of plants which just seem to link with each
other (C. herreanthus -> C. blandum <- C. marginatum). The
Herreanthus group could be linked to Miniscula group and maybe
even the Subfenestrata group (by means of the pustules and windows).
Description of plants in the HERREANTHUS:
The stemless medium-sized plants have an
epidermis that is glabrous or papillate, the epidermis is not glossy nor
windowed except near the fissure. The glabrous or papillate fissure
is pale-green to ashen-green to purplish, spotted or unspotted, a large
pustule may be present. The bodies are v-shaped to long-cylindrical
and sparsely to freely dividing. The bodies are firm or rubbery and
the leaves are partially free or apically keeled if fused. The leaf
tips may be sharply apiculate. Sheaths may be firm and papery or
felt-like, white to dark brown in colour.
Description of flowers and capsules in the SUBFENESTRATA
The flowers are diurnal and nearly vespertine (occuring in the evening), they are
usually scented. The bracts are not exserted, calyx & corolla tube independent.
The petals may be magenta, pink or rarely white in colour. There are not many filamentaceous staminoides present, the stigmas are long and occasionally free. The
capsule are 3-7 locular, impersistent. The amount of seeds may vary and they are
minute. The seedlings may have a short or long juvenile phase and may flower after
2-4 years. The germination is quick and uniform, cotyledons are globose and short
S.A. Hammer, "The Genus Conophytum A Conograph", Succulent Plant Publications