Lampranthus N.E.Br.

Greek lampros—brilliant, anthos—flower, in reference to the showy flowers.

Low, more or less shrubby perennial succulents with stems visible in gaps between the leaf clusters. Leaves cylindric to 3-angled, mostly curved, rarely dotted, united slightly at the base. Flowers terminal or axillary, solitary or in clusters. Sepals 5. Petals in 2-3 rows. Stamens erect or bent inwards. Stigmas 4-7, small; mostly summer. Ovary inferior, ovule placentation parietal. Nectar glands forming a continuous ring. Ovary chambers (4)5(-7), tubercle absent; seeds pear-shaped, pointed, rough, dark.

Generally grown for the bright flower colourings and often grown on embankments and rockeries; many cultivated plants are of hybrid origin with the parents unknown. Perhaps the most widely known species is the orange-flowered L. aurantiacus (DC.) Schwantes which has leaves to 3 cm long, rusty brown stems and flowers at least 4 cm wide.

L. tegens (F. Muell.) N.E. Br., Little Noonflower, and L. multiradiatus (Jacq.) N.E. Br. are occasionally naturalised.

Seed or cuttings.

Stems visible between the leaves; leaves smooth.

About 180 species from S Africa (Australia has 1).

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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae
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