Carpobrotus dimidiatus (L.) L. Bolus

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Carpobrotus dimidiatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Xai-xai.

Carpobrotus dimidiatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Xai-xai.

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Synonyms: Carpobrotus juritzii (L. Bolus) L. Bolus
Mesembryanthemum dimidiatum Haw.
Mesembryanthemum juritzii L. Bolus
Common names: Natal Sour Fig. (English)
Frequency:
Status: Possibly introduced
Description:
Robust, Succulent trailing herb, often covering large areas. Leaves fleshy, green, three-sided. Flowers solitary on more or less erect flowering branches, large and showy; perianth segments green and inconspicuous, sharply 2-ridged; staminodes numerous, linear, shiny bright mauve. Fruit fleshy but becoming dry and not splitting.
Notes: The pulp in the fruit is sour but edible and used to make jam. Many parts of the plant are also used in traditional medicine.
The species is widely planted as an ornamental lor soil stabilizer but also clearly occurs as a wild plant in Southern Mozambique. It is uncertain whether the species is truly indigenous here or introduced and naturalized. It is not mentioned as either in Flora Zambesiaca Volume 4 (1978).
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Habitat: On coastal sand dunes.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Content last updated: Friday 14 October 2016
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 88.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Carpobrotus dimidiatus.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=228060, retrieved 14 December 2017

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