|The toothed leaves of Oscularia deltoides|
about 25 species, see text
It was previously included within the related genus Lampranthus, but was split off as a separate genus, due to differences in its fruit and flower.
The most superficially recognisable feature of the genus is the strange shape of the leaves, which are grey-green and waxy. They are triangular in cross-section (3 angled) and can be sickle, club or mouth shaped. The name "Oscularia" actually means "group of tiny mouths" in Latin, and refers to the appearance of the toothed leaves in some species. The stems are often red, and the leaves can become red too during times of drought.
The species O. deltoides is common in cultivation.
List of species
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- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
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