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.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae
genus        Mesembryanthemum L.