• U. EggliEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants book series (SUCCPLANTS)


The family is shortly discussed as to the occurrence of succulence amongst its species. None of its species can be classified as succulent. Species with fleshy leaves are halophytic, and species with tubers behave as poikilohydric plants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sukkulenten-Sammlung Zürich/Grün Stadt ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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