Aptenia cordifolia (L.) Schwantes

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Aptenia cordifolia

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Blue Kerry, Harare

Aptenia cordifolia

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Harare

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Synonyms: Mesambryanthemum cordifolium L. f.
Common names: Heart-leaf ice plant (English)
Prostrate or trailing herb. Stems succulent, papillose. Leaves ovate, green, succulent, papillose; base cordate. Perianth of 2 green leaf-like broad segments alternating with 2 linear segments. Seeds tuberculate.
Notes: Possibly an escape in division M of Mozambique. Similar to Aptenia lancifolia. See this page for an interesting discussion on that subject and the generic position of these species.
Derivation of specific name: cordifolia: with cordate (heart-shaped) leaves
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Worldwide distribution: Native to South Africa, but naturalised elsewhere in the world
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 23.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Mesembryanthemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 549 - 551. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Aptenia cordifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aptenia cordifolia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aptenia cordifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aptenia cordifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aptenia cordifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aptenia cordifolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Aptenia cordifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aptenia cordifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Aptenia cordifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aptenia cordifolia
Plants of the World Online: Aptenia cordifolia
Tropicos: Aptenia cordifolia
Wikipedia: Aptenia cordifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aptenia cordifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=163590, retrieved 19 April 2024

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