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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Arabian Peninsula.

[FTEA]

Aïzoaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1961

Habit
Decumbent or prostrate succulent perennial herbs, usually branched with distinct internodes and often forming clumps, sometimes tuberous and stemless
Leaves
Leaves opposite, sessile, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, soft, green, minutely and distinctly papillose, devoid of radiating setae at their tips
Flowers
Flowers solitary, terminal or axillary
Calyx
Calyx gamosepalous, 5-lobed, the lobes unequal, the largest one or two horned or tailed and leaf-like
Staminodes
Staminodes many, obvious, petaloid, lanceolate, free
Stamens
Stamens many, free, like the staminodes inserted on the calyx-tube
Pistil
Ovary inferior, of 5 united carpels, 5-celled; stigmas 5, free, style-like; ovules and seeds many per cell, parietal
Fruits
Fruit a 5-valved capsule, opening under moist conditions by means of 2 contiguous expanding keels running down the inner face of each valve, the keels membranous-winged in their apical (outer) part
Seeds
Cell-wings absent, the cells thus unroofed and the seeds exposed in the expanded capsule.

[FZ]

Mesembryanthemaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Habit
Decumbent or prostrate creeping shrubs or perennial herbs.
Leaves
Leaves opposite, sessile, slightly connate, more or less finely papillose, broadly triangular to cylindrical or ovate, entire.
Flowers
Flowers terminal or axillary, solitary or in cymes, pedicellate, with leaf-like bracts, purple or white.
Perianth
Perianth-segments 5, equal or unequal, the longer ones sometimes horn-shaped or caudate.
Staminodes
Staminodes in few series, more or less linear.
Stamens
Stamens whitish, sometimes hairy towards the base.
Pistil
Ovary 5-locular, more or less convex; glands separated, partially crenulated; placentas parietal; stigmas 5, acute, papillose.
Fruits
Fruit 5-locular, keels with membranous marginal wings.
Seeds
Seeds suborbicular, pale brown.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Bolivia, California, El Salvador

Delosperma N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 31, 2005 Pearson, H. H. W. [4903], South Africa K000077134 Unknown type material
35356.001
35389.000
Smith, C.A. [6279], South Africa 12276.000
Gomes e Sousa, A. [3344], Mozambique 8646.000

First published in Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 78: 412 (1925)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Burtt Davy, F.P.F.T. 1: 157 (1926).
  • in Gard. Chron. 78: 412 & 433 in clave (1925)

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Burtt-Davy, Man. Fl. Pl. Transv. 1: 157 (1926)
  • in Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 78: 412 & 433 (1925) in clave;

Flora Zambesiaca
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