Carpobrotus edulis

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Carpobrotus edulis (L.) L.Bolus

Aizoaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: economic plant / Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves:

Shape: falcate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Carpobrotus edulis is a succulent perennial.

Naming

Carpobrotus edulis was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Nicholas Edward Brown, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1926.

Taxonomy

Carpobrotus edulis is a species in the genus Carpobrotus which contains approximately 13 to 14 species and belongs to the family of the Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold Family).

Characteristics

Carpobrotus edulis - flowers

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 15 centimetres.

Leaves

Carpobrotus edulis has mid-green, simple leaves that are opposite. The leaves are falcate and entire.

Flowers and Fruits

Carpobrotus edulis produces solitary yellow many-stellate flowers from May to September.

The perennials produce berries.

Root System

Distribution

Carpobrotus edulis is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be sandy or gritty-sandy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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