Aptenia cordifolia (L.f.) Schwantes

Heartleaf Ice Plant

Mat-forming fleshy herb. Leaves broadly ovate, cordate, mostly 1-3 cm long and to 2 cm wide. Sterile stamens pink to purple, fused for most of their length; stamens about half the length of the sterile stamens. Capsule narrowly obconical about 1 cm long.

S Africa

This is a naturalised scrambling mat-forming herb that grows in coastal and inland saline habitats.

Leaves ovate, cordate; sepals 4; ovule placentation axile.

Source: Spencer, R.; Thompson, A. (1997). Aizoaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae
genus        Aptenia N.E.Br.