Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A miniature succulent, Monanthes brachycaulos

Monanthes brachycaulos (Crassulaceae Family)
This tiny succulent eeks out an existence in the wild on the rock cliffs of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. I noticed today there are some miniature glistening flowers just appearing at the ends of the creeping stems These would be smaller than any insect which was seeking out nectar so I am not sure how it gets pollinated if at all. A Bonsai pot with a gravel mulch provides it with a perfect home and it keeps on growing without any special care.


  1. dear Ian, that's what I like - plants that keep growing without special care, showing they are in the right environment. If it lives on a cliff in the wild maybe it uses the wind for pollination instead of insects? cheers, catmint

  2. To my experience and knowledge this plant is
    not Monanthes brachycaulos. The plants I have
    bought and read about online with this name are very small round heads made up of tiny plump leaves, nothing like what you have pictured.