Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.

Common Ice Plant

Prostrate shrub covered with glistening crystal-like papillae. Branches cylindrical. Leaves ovate or spatula-like to about 15 cm long, generally much less and 2-3 cm wide, often tinged red, margins wavy. Leaf stalk stout and partly surrounding stem. Flowers shortly stalked. Sepals tinged red. Petal-like stamens white with pink or reddish tips, fused for about two thirds of their length. Fruit to about 1 cm long, 5-8 mm wide, sepals curling back around it.

Europe, Africa

Naturalised on salt flats in southern Australia but occasionally grown in gar­dens or hanging baskets for the remarkable crystal-like papillae over its surface.

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
genus        Mesembryanthemum L.