Here are some of the plant characteristics to look for when identifying succulents:
- Leaf – shape, size and thickness.
- Color – of leaves, flowers or stems.
- Markings or bumps on the leaves.
- Flower – shape, color, number of blooms and petals.
- Stem – color, texture, length.
- Ciliate hairs.
- Epicuticular wax.
- Spikes, spines or smooth.
Keeping this in consideration, how many types of succulents are there?
Succulents become all the more interesting because they come in different variants. As a matter of fact, there are more than 500 succulent varieties according to Country Living. These types of succulents could be identified through the shape of their leaves, petals and even through stems and spikes.
Moreover, is there an app to identify succulents?
A great option for identification is an app put together by my friend Jacki at Drought Smart Plants called Succulent ID. You can look at different genera of succulents or search through photos based on characteristics of your succulent.
Are there Australian native succulents?
Australia has almost no native succulents; except for a few barely fleshy weeds, unlike the well-known rich diversity of succulents in Africa. This has been a long-standing and widespread view.
There are no cacti native to the Australian continent but introduced ones have naturalised since colonial days. There are however two notable examples of Australian native plants that are often mistaken for cacti or being very cactus-like in appearance. They are Daviesia euphorbioides and Lawrencia helmsii.
Carpobrotus glaucescens also known as Pigface or Angular Pigface is a member of the Family Aizoaceae. There are about 30 species in the genus, the majority being native to South Africa. There are 6 species native to Australia which are chiefly coastal in distribution with the exception of C.