Ceraria

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Ceraria
Ceraria namaquensis 01 ies.jpg
Ceraria namaquensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Ceraria
Pearson & Stephens
Species

Ceraria carrissoana
Ceraria evora
Ceraria fruticulosa
Ceraria gariepina
Ceraria kaokoensis
Ceraria kuneneana
Ceraria longipedunculata
Ceraria namaquensis (False portulacaria, Namaqua porkbush)
Ceraria pygmaea
Ceraria schaeferi

Ceraria is a genus of succulent shrubs, native to South Africa and Namibia.

Taxonomy[edit]

Recent phylogenetic tests have shown conclusively that Ceraria is located within the Portulacaria genus, and consequently all species have been accordingly renamed.[1]

Description[edit]

They are very slow-growing, semi-deciduous or deciduous, and succulent perennials with a few branches and many small, ovoid leaves along the stems. Branches are pale-barked smooth with papery cortex. These woody-stemmed desert shrubs have many short and ovoid gray-green leaves. Flowers, born on peduncles of 13–17 mm long, with some minute ovate bracts 4 mm long. Calyx with two phyllous, 5 rose-colored, obovate, 2 mm long petals. Five stamens with linear filaments.

Species[edit]

Ceraria carrissoana
Ceraria evora
Ceraria fruticulosa
Ceraria kaokoensis
Ceraria kuneneana
Ceraria longipedunculata
Ceraria namaquensis syn. Ceraria gariepina
Ceraria pygmaea syn. Portulacaria pygmaea
Ceraria schaeferi

References[edit]

  1. ^ P.Bruyns, M.Oliveira-Neto, G.F. Melo de Pinna, C.Klak: Phylogenetic relationships in the Didiereaceae with special reference to subfamily Portulacarioideae. Taxon 63 (5). October 2014. 1053-1064.