Location: NMMU Nature Reserve
Lat/Lng: -34.0072444, 25.6656361
Anthropogenically influenced in that vegetation has been cut back in order to build roads. Area of location is on fringe of a road leading to the main parking area on this side of the Nature Reserve. Close
Observed: 28th September 2015
Added: 28th September 2015
The plant is easily recognized by its glossy leaves that are edged with small white teeth and curved to form a sharp tip. The prickly leaves also give this plant its name: "echinata" which is Latin for 'covered with prickles' . The plant is frequently seen on road sides or on sandy dunes. The plant is a perennial which grows to about 60 cm high with branches almost entirely covered with the shiny, dark green leaves. Leaves are oval to triangular in shape and are pointed downwards away from the stem. The branches bend and turn, growing toward the ground where they then turn up to the sun.