Fenestraria rhopalophylla ssp aurantiaca


Aizoaceae is one of my favorite families (next to my own, of course). Fenestraria rhopalophylla is native to southern Africa (Namibia and Namaqualand).

The seeds are tiny specs of dust. How inconvenient! Yes, but they make up for this contumacious habit by germinating quickly, usually within three to four days. The trick is to sow them when the days are short and night time temperatures are above freezing. Autumn is the best time for this on Devil’s Island.

The window-like tips are a means for the plant to gather light. If this feature were implemented on humans, it would be a window on the soul.



  1. Oh, what an interesting plant. I marvel about all the different species that you grow. Have you attempted to create any hybrids?


    • i do not have the patience or organizational skills to attempt hybrids. i’m content to let nature run her own experiments–she does it with so much more panache.


  2. fenestraria!!! such buoyant creativity – i mean nature’s, but of course this can be applied to the magician himself đŸ™‚


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