The genus Dinteranthus
was named after Moritz Kurt Dinter (1868-1945), who did much research on the Namibian
desert, the latinised suffix, anthus, means flower. There is 4 species in
The miniature globular plants have fat leaves which are separated by a
shallow or deep fissure, the greenish-grey surfaces could be rough or smooth with
indentations and horny ridges or covered with dark green or purple spots. The leaves
have a distinct keel along the lower surface which give the leaves a triangular or boat
The flowers, which arise from within the fissure, are light to dark
yellow in colour, they are borne on a short, stout pedicel. Flowers appear from late summer to midwinter (February to July in SA). Once successful pollination has occurred, 6-15 locular fruit capsules appear, seeds are small and slightly course in texture.
The plants are distributed in the north-western parts of the North
Western Cape in South Africa and the southern part of Namibia (Prieska in the south-east,
Sperlingspütz in the west and Karasberg in the North. The quartz patches in which
these plants grow provide are ideal, the plants seem to blend in among the quartz pieces.