Aloinopsis malherbeiWhat exactly is a Mesemb? That's easy. It is a member of the plant Family Mesembryanthemum. Well, that once was the case, but now all the members of the Mesemb family have been included in the family Aizoaceae. Plant classification is always in a state of flux.
Aloinopsis malherbei is a member of the Aizoaceae ( or Mesembryanthemum) family. In other words, it's a mesemb. As with most mesembs, it's a native to southern Africa, specifically South Africa. It's a succulent, with extra water stored in its leaves and tuberous roots. Part of the attraction of A. malherbei is the interesting shape and form of the leaves. But also adding to the attraction are the pretty orange-yellow flowers, which are produced in late winter through mid spring.
Both plants show at right were
Aloinopsis malherbei doesn't present any serious difficulties in culture as long as the potting mix is well drained and it's given a lot of light.