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Flower
Family Aizoaceae
Name Fenestraria rhopalophylla
Common Names Baby's Toes, Window Plant
Etymology
Fenestraria From Latin fenestra meaning window, referring to referring to the windows on top of leaves that allow light in.
rhopalophylla From Greek rhopalon meaning club, and Greek phyllon meaning leaf.

  See also:  Cactus & succulents

This extreme succulent from Southern Africa grows pairs of short tubular leaves that are mostly underground, save for the very tops which have triangular shaped "window" that lets light into the leaves for photosynthesis. In the Autumn, it produces white (or yellow in some varieties) flowers that look like daisies. Unlike the compound flowers of daisies, each flower is a single flower with a whorl of petals.


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