Tanquana hilmarii is a small succulent from the desert like area south of Laingsburg in the Great Karoo. The greyish-green plantbodies have translucent dots and are only a few centimeters in diameter.
In habitat the plants are almost invisible in between the brown pebbles amongst which they grow.
Tanquana hilmarii was previously know as Pleiospilos hilmarii. Plants from the genus Tanquana differ from Pleiospilos in that the leaves are smooth instead of rough. The fruit capsules are also different.
The yellow flowers appear in April.
Tanquana hilmarii is rather difficult to cultivate.
Tanquana hilmarii in cultivation.
Tanquana hilmarii, the bodies are usually solitary but occasionally clump.