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Common Ice Plant

Mesembryanthetnum Crystallinum


Low-growing succulent. Angular heart-shaped leaves covered with sparkling wart-like glands. Parts of the plant are often red in colour. The flowers are white with several rows of very thin petals. Flowers in spring and early summer. Leaves at the base are 6-12 cm long with a stem-clasping base. The other leaves on the stems are 2-4 cm. On the flower stems, the leaves are arranged alternately but at the base and on non-flowering stems they are opposite. Leaves are generally at least 5 mm wide and somewhat flattened. The fruit capsule has five sections and is up to 12 mm wide. The plant is edible


Usually prefers well drained sands, sandy loams and clay loams, I found it Near to the Beach, in Baja California South. Native to South Africa.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago
Ice Plant
Mesembryanthetnum Crystallinum Mesembryanthemum crystallinum
Silver Grass
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

alfytere, if you're convinced of the IDs you've gotten, can you please edit this spotting and put the common name, scientific name, and a reference?
Also, anything about where you saw this because it looks like you were in a beautiful and desolate part of Baja and I'm sure people would want to know about that ecosystem.

Tere R
Tere R 10 years ago

This plant is edible has a salty taste and is used to accompany salads and raw dishes.

Tere R
Tere R 10 years ago

Thank you for tne ID Ava T-B and Jolly Ibañez

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah!

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Really different plant formation!

Tere R
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Tere R


Spotted on Mar 16, 2008
Submitted on May 3, 2012

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