Conophytum reconditum TS606 (Uilklip)

This species is now known to be widespread in western Bushmanland and the Kamiesberg, so it is rather surprising that nobody discovered it until the 1980s. The bodies tend to hide down in grit pans and are only really obvious when in flower. The plant above is growing in a 5cm pot, which gives an idea of how small the heads are. It is variable in body colour (red-brown through to green) and in degree of roughness. There is one population at Donkiedam where some plants have pale purple flowers. The heads tend to root individually as it spreads and clumps tend to fall apart when transplanted.