What succulent is this?

This amazing succulent was photographed at a friend’s farm in Southern KZN, near Kokstad.  It looks prehistoric.  Does anyone recognise it?

What succulent is this?

What succulent is this?

What succulent is this?

What succulent is this?

10 Responses to What succulent is this?

  1. Carol November 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    That is an amazing looking creature! Wish I could help you with the name. Carol

  2. JWLW November 27, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Amazing creature, can’t help you with the name. Would like to know also.

    Have a great day,

  3. easygardener November 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    It is a mystery to me too – looks like it should be swimming at the bottom of the sea.

  4. Niall November 28, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    hey guys, thanks for the comments. it really is an unusual plant. still waiting for someone to identify it – maybe it will remain a mystery?

  5. Shaggy December 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    I have certainly seen this plant before, however cannot help you with an ID. perhaps try see if there is an image of it here.

  6. Steve December 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    I think this is one of the Ledbouria. In this picture the little flowers haven’t opened yet, but it looks a lot like Ledbouria ovatifolia:


  7. steven February 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Give Ernst van Jaarsveld at Kirstenbosch an email. He is very knowledgeable in succulents amoungst other things

  8. P & S May 12, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    I thing Resnova megaphylla

  9. Jan-Louise June 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Lucky you. Agree with Steve – Ledebouria species. Indigenous to SA.

  10. Gottfried Milkuhn December 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Niall,
    that is Ledebouria ovatifolia – perhaps the ssp. scabrida. I can say more perhaps…
    Write me please.

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