Carpobrotus chilensis

Wildflowers Dicots Caryophyllales Aizoaceae Carpobrutus

Sea Fig.

Formerly known as: Mesembryanthemum edulis.

This is an invader from South Africa, initially planted around railway lines to control erosion, later planted by CalTrans for the same purpose on highways.

It generally is found near the coast, and at low elevations.

It looks very similar to its cousin C. edulis except this species has a smaller magenta flower, and, in general, is a smaller plant.

The stringy petal-like things around the flower are not true petals but sterile stamens (staminoides).

Both the triangular leaves, and the fruits are edible.


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