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MESEMBRYANTHEMUM ICEPLANT

Nancy J. Vivrette


Annual, biennial, glabrous. Stem: prostrate to ascending, cylindric, angled or winged, papillate. Leaf: alternate or opposite, petioled or not, cylindric or flat, ± red in age or stress, papillae prominent to flat, inconspicuous; bases of pair fused. Inflorescence: 1-flowered or cyme. Flower: sepals, petals free or fused at base; sepals (4)5, 2 often leaf-like; petals white; stamens many; nectar gland ± grooved; ovary 1/2-inferior, chambers (4)5(20), styles (4)5(20). Fruit: capsule, valves 5, dehiscing when moist. Seed: many, round, compressed, often D-shaped, minutely tubercled, light or dark red-brown.
15 species: southwestern Africa, Mediterranean, western Asia. (Greek: midday-blooming)
Unabridged references: [McVaugh 1974 Taxon 23:820–821]

Key to Mesembryanthemum

1. Leaf flat; flower 10–30 mm diam ..... M. crystallinum

1' Leaf ± cylindric; flower 4–12 mm diam ..... M. nodiflorum

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