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Delosperma litorale

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Family: AizoaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, generally fleshy. Stem: underground to erect; root fibrous or tuberous. Leaf: generally simple, entire, flat, cylindric, 3-angled, or scale-like, generally cauline, generally opposite; stipules generally 0; blade papillate, pubescent, or generally glabrous, often glaucous. Inflorescence: cyme or 1-flowered, generally terminal. Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium present; sepals (3)5(8), often unequal; petals 0 or many in several whorls, free or fused at base, linear; stamens 1--many, free or fused in groups, outer often petal-like; nectary a ring or separate glands; pistil 1, ovary superior to inferior, chambers 1--20, placentas generally parietal, styles 0--20. Fruit: berry, nut, or generally capsule, opening by flaps or circumscissile. Seed: 1--many per chamber, generally ovoid, arilled or not.
Genera In Family: 130 genera, 2500 species: generally subtropics, especially southern Africa; many cultivated. Note: Galenia pubescens (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Druce, a waif, may be naturalizing in southern California.
Unabridged Note: Disphyma crassifolium (L.) L. Bolus (ovary glands convex, minute-crenate; stigmas dense-plumose; fruit chambers 5; seeds ovate, +- smooth), of tribe Ruschieae, an historical waif in California; Lampranthus coccineus (Haw.) N.E. Br.: (ovary glands fused; fruit chambers 5; seeds pear-shaped, +- black, rough), of Ruschieae, an historical waif or urban weed in California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Nancy J. Vivrette, John Bleck & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr., family description, key to genera
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: DelospermaView Description 

Habit: Perennial herb, often taprooted. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: opposite, sessile, < 7 cm, linear, triangular to round in ×-section. Inflorescence: 1-flowered or cyme; bracts present. Flower: 1.5--8 cm diam; sepals 4--8, unequal; petals free; outer stamens sterile, petal-like, inner erect, +- white; nectary glands separate; ovary 1/2-inferior, chambers 5, placentas parietal, stigmas 5, awl-shaped. Fruit: capsule, valves not separating; lid generally 0. Seed: 0.5--1.5 mm, +- spheric, pale brown, generally arilled.
Species In Genus: +- 160 species: Africa. Etymology: (Greek: visible seed)
eFlora Treatment Author: John Bleck

Delosperma litorale (Kensit) L. Bolus
Stem: prostrate, thin, mat-forming, nodes widely spaced, rooting. Leaf: tip often hooked. Inflorescence: few-flowered cyme; pedicel to 2 cm. Flower: 1.5--2.2 cm diam; sepals 5--6, +- unequal; petals linear, white; inner stamens free, forming cone around stigmas. Fruit: not seen. Chromosomes: 2n=36.
Ecology: Uncommon. Margins of coastal wetlands, bluffs, stabilized dunes; Elevation: < 35 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo, s ChI; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: May--Jul
Synonyms: Mesembryanthemum litorale Kensit
eFlora Treatment Author: John Bleck
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Citation for this treatment: John Bleck 2016. Delosperma litorale, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Delosperma litorale:
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