Wild and Succulent

A small succulent or semi-succulent plant grows in the middle of a patch of beach sand that includes shells and small pieces of stone. The leaves, so thick they could almost have been moulded from pale green wax, are roughly oval in shape with curved indentations all around the edges. Some of the leaves are speckled with sand, and some show the marks of insect damage. At the top of one spray of leaves is a cluster of flower buds, three of which are opening into purple flowers.