Etymology: It comes from the Latin maw, meaning mouth. Origin: Cape Province in South Africa.
Despite its aggressive look that resembles crocodile mouths, in some species even teeth, the plant is totally harmless.
The whole plant resembles small mouths, some even toothed species, but their teeth are completely harmless. usually not exceed 10 cm forming more or less extensive groupings.
It blooms in autumn / winter. The flowers open in the middle of the day, especially when the sun reaches them directly.
They are easy to grow if somewhat sensitive to rottenness. Thanks well-drained soils. They reproduce very easily by cuttings. Thank full sun and high temperatures. It can withstand a light frost. It is advisable to keep them dry out the growth period.
The most recently accepted for this genre classification is proposed by Groen & Van Der Maesen in 1999 which is a significant simplification and reduction of the number of species.