Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Scientific name: Cheiridopsis brownii
Schick & Tischer
Origin: Coast around Alexander Bay and Richtersveld Natl Pk,
Orange River, Cape province, South Africa.
Habitat: Coastal desert mountains, grows
in shale or on quartz ridge in cracks and fissures.
Conservation status: Listed in
CITES appendix 2.
Etymology: Cheiridopsis brownii was named in honour of Brown by
Dr Tischer who died in 2000 at the age of 105
- Cheiridopsis graessneri Schick &
- Cheiridopsis staminodifera
- Cheiridopsis insignis Schwantes
- Cheiridopsis pachyphylla
- Cheiridopsis schlechteri
Notes: Cheiridopsis are distinguished from
Lithops for the fact that the flower has 12 stigmas, versus 5 or 6 in
Lithops. This directly affects the number of seed chambers.