Species Factsheet

Carpobrotus edulis


Complete name: Carpobrotus edulis (L.) N.E.Br.
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Rosopsida » Caryophyllales » Aizoaceae » Carpobrotus edulis
Authors: Pinelopi Delipetrou
Last updated: November 21th, 2006

Common Names

Hottentot fig, freeway iceplant, cape fig.


Carpobrotus edulis (L.) N.E. Br.
Mesembryanthemum acinaciforme L.
Mesembryanthemum edule L.

Short Description

Succulent, trailing perennial, rooting at nodes and forming large, dense mats. Leaves are opposite, 3-angled. Flowers (8-10 cm in diameter) are large, solitary, yellow, pinkish-purple or purple with numerous petals and stamens. In the Mediterranean basin, C. edulis hybridizes with C. acinaciformis forming a hybrid complex known as C. affine acinaciformis; this is why within an invaded patch flower size and colour can be very variable.