Cotyledon orbiculata has to grow tall to see sun in the Albany thicket vegetation. “Stretching its legs” with the best of them, the stem-tip clusters of blue-grey leaves are present at the top in the multi-species canopy. Arrived in life as an accepted member of this success-story community, it produces inflorescences in season cheek by jowl with all the other species found here.
Make no mistake: C. orbiculata is batting well above its average when blooming at these heights. The overly elongated stems, brittle and succulent, deliver their leaves and seasonal flowers at the top only with much needed aid from strong-stemmed surrounding shrubs.
This "little help from its friends" ensures the stability for withstanding the winds of the region, while the thorny neighbours also serve to keep destructive browsers at bay. All much above the status of a lowly Cotyledon growing solitary in another habitat.
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