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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Aizoaceae
Subfamilia: Ruschioideae
Tribus: Ruschieae
Genus: Meyerophytum
Species: M. globosum – M. meyeri
Source(s) of checklist:

Hassler, M. 2018. Meyerophytum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12. Reference page.

Name

Meyerophytum Schwantes, 1927.

Type species: Meyerophytum meyeri (Schwantes) Schwantes.

References

Schwantes, M.H.G., 1927: in Möller's Deutsche Gärtner-Zeitung. xlii. 436.

Links

Hassler, M. 2018. Meyerophytum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Meyerophytum. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 12 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Meyerophytum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12.
Tropicos.org 2018. Meyerophytum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Meyerophytum. .

Meyerophytum is a genus of succulent plants of the family Aizoaceae, indigenous to the arid region of the Namaqualand and Richtersveld, in the far north-west of South Africa.[1]

The species are small succulent shrubs that grow short slender stems, at the top of which the succulent leaves appear in alternating pairs. Similar to the closely related genera of Monilaria and Mitrophyllum, these leaf-pairs alternate consecutively between two different types of leaf-growth (heterophylly) and during the exceptionally hot summer they remain inactive in a dry sheath. They produce purple or white flowers in spring and rely on winter rainfall in their dry environment. Of the two recorded species, Meyerophytum meyeri is relatively common in the Namaqualand, but Meyerophytum globosum has a more restricted natural range and is threatened by mining and cattle farming.[2][3]
Species

Meyerophytum globosum
Meyerophytum meyeri

Source:[4]
References

"Meyerophytum On-line Guide to the positive identification of Succulent Plant Families". succulentguide.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
Court, D. (2000). Succulent Flora of Southern Africa. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9789058093233.
"Meyerophytum globosum (L.Bolus) Ihlenf". Red List of South African Plants. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
"Species listing: Meyerophytum". Red List of South African Plants. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Retrieved 2014-08-01.

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