Delosperma sphalmanthoides - Copy Delosperma sphalmanthoides in seed in nature

I took this picture in February of 1997 at the type locality of the species–barely a few acres in extent. I returned in 2008 hoping to to see it again and the highway was blocked off by a 10′ fence–that whole portion of the Komsberg is now a game farm. I don’t believe other colonies have ever been found elsewhere: surely one of the rarest Delosperma in nature.

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Originally collected in 1989 by John Lavranos on Komsberg Pass in the Northern Cape, specimens were sent by John to Denver Botanic Gardens. Cuttings from these were grown at Huntington Botanic Garden by John Trager, who supplied Steve Hammer with the material that provided the type specimens–an example of how convoluted plant introduction truly can be!

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Taken on April 10, 2015 in my home rock garden after a brutal winter.

DSC04545  Native Sons Nursery (Santa Barbara, CA), March 19, 2013