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Pleiospilos bolusii

Pleiospilos bolusii, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Aizoaceae
Subfamilia: Ruschioideae
Tribus: Ruschieae
Genus: Pleiospilos
Species: Pleiospilos bolusii

Pleiospilos bolusii (Hook.f.) N.E.Br., 1926


Mesembryanthemum bolusii Hook.fil.
Pleiospilos barbarae Karrer
Pleiospilos beaufortensis L. Bol.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Africa
Regional:Southern Africa
South Africa (W-Cape Prov., E-Cape Prov.)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Brown, N.E., Gard. Chron. ser. 3, 80:89. 1926


Hassler, M. 2018. Pleiospilos bolusii. 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. Pleiospilos bolusii. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 12 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Pleiospilos bolusii in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12. 2018. Pleiospilos bolusii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 12.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Pleiospilos bolusii in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Pleiospilos bolusii, the mimicry plant,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Aizoaceae, native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where it grows at an altitude of 750–1,100 m (2,461–3,609 ft). The species epithet bolusii honours Harry Bolus, a 19th-century South African botanist.

It is a small, stemless succulent perennial growing to 8 cm (3 in) tall by 15 cm (6 in) wide, with two or four opposite grey-green leaves, quite thick, fused at the base, almost triangular, with entire margins. The leaves are longer and more angular than those of the closely related P. nelii,[2] but in both cases the shape and texture of the leaves resemble a pile of split pebbles, possibly to deter predators. The yellow, many-petaled, daisy-like flowers emerge from the center of the leaves, and are 6–8 cm (2–3 in) in diameter - large in relation to the overall size of the plant. The flowers are often coconut-scented.[3] The flowering period extends from August to September.

The plant is one of several species cultivated for their rocklike appearance, which are sometimes collectively called mesembs. With a minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), in temperate regions it is grown under glass. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[1][4]

With Lithops hookerii


"RHS Plant Selector - Pleiospilos bolusii". Retrieved 15 April 2020.
"Succulent gardening - Pleiospilos bolusii". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.

"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 80. Retrieved 7 May 2018.

The plant list
African Plant Database


AFPD. 2008. African Flowering Plants Database - Base de Donnees des Plantes a Fleurs D'Afrique.
Gibbs Russell, G. E., W. G. Welman, E. Reitief, K. L. Immelman, G. Germishuizen, B. J. Pienaar, M. v. Wyk & A. Nicholas. 1987. List of species of southern African plants. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa 2(1–2): 1–152(pt. 1), 1–270(pt. 2).
Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 106: 474 (1986).
II. Handbook succulent plants: Aizoaceae F-Z : 219 (2001

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