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|Family: Aizoaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Malephora||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Malephora crocea (Jacq.) Schwantes
Stem: stout, pale, corky; nodes often rooting. Leaf: on short shoots, 2.5--6 cm, 6 mm wide, +- linear-elliptic or -oblanceolate, pale glaucous-green, sometimes +- red. Inflorescence: pedicel 1--6 cm. Flower: calyx 0.8--1.5 cm diam, at least 2 sepals short, acuminate, with translucent margins; petals adaxially orange, abaxially purple, or entirely yellow or orange; outer stamens sterile, yellow, petal-like, inner erect, often hairy at base; ovary chambers 8(12), stigmas 8(12), feathery. Fruit: placental tubercles at outer margin of chamber, in adaxial seed pockets, 2-lobed. Seed: many, 1 mm, 0.8 mm wide, lenticular. Chromosomes: 2n=27,36.
Ecology: Common. Margins of wetlands, coastal bluffs; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: CCo, SCo, s ChI; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Mar--Dec Note: +- invasive.
Synonyms: Malephora purpureo-crocea (Haw.) Schwantes
Unabridged Note: Although petals of most naturalized California plants have some purple (generally abaxially), some are entirely yellow or orange. California plants may be assignable to Malephora purpureo-crocea (Haw.) Schwantes, sometimes segregated.
eFlora Treatment Author: John Bleck
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Malephora
Next taxon: Mesembryanthemum
Citation for this treatment: John Bleck 2016. Malephora crocea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=32548, accessed on May 25, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 25, 2016.