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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: Oophytum
Species: O. nanum – O. oviforme

Oophytum N.E.Br., 1925.

Type species: Oophytum oviforme (N.E. Br.) N.E. Br.


Brown, N.E., 1925: Gardeners' Chronicle. London, Ser. III. lxxviii. 413, in clavi.


Hassler, M. 2018. Oophytum. 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. Oophytum. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 12 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Oophytum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12. 2018. Oophytum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12.
Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 2019. GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset. Taxon: Oophytum. .

Oophytum is a genus of succulent plants native to South Africa. Both species are endemic to the Knersvlakte. Egg-shaped Oophytum plants develop two leaves opposite each other per season. At the end of winter the outer pair forms a sheath from which the new pair of leaves develop. Water cells are visible on the soft leaves giving them a shimmering appearance. The flowers, produced in winter, are white, pink, or a combination of both.

The genus contains two accepted species:

Oophytum nanum
Oophytum oviforme


Oophytum Plants in the Knersvlakte
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