Aizoon canariense L.

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Aizoon canariense

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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Synonyms: Aizoon procumbens Crantz
Glinus crystallinus Forssk.
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Status: Native
Prostrate, thick-stemmed annual or perennial herb, with stems up to 40 cm long, often papillose. Leaves subcircular to obovate, entire, decurrent at base, pilose. Flowers solitary, sessile. Perianth segments yellowish inside, greenish or reddish and pilose outside. Fruit red or pink, star-shaped, depressed in the middle.
Derivation of specific name: canariense: from the Canary Islands
Habitat: On roadsides, in disturbed places and rocky soils
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Worldwide distribution: North Africa, tropical Africa, Namibia and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Content last updated: Thursday 8 July 2010

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 20.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Aizoaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 509 - 510. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 15.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aizoon canariense., retrieved 4 June 2023

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