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Sea Fig

Carpobrotus chilensis

Description:

At first, I thought these were just a purple morph of Carpobrotus edulis, which is shown in my last spotting. However, upon looking at the leaves I noticed it looked a bit different. The leaves and flowers are a bit smaller that C. edulis. The leaves also seemed to spread out more wide, whereas the C. edulis leaves seemed to go more upward. I'm not positive, but I think the last two photos shows a hybridized plant between the two species. The two species are known to hybridize readily.

Habitat:

On the cliffs at Schoolhouse Beach overlooking Bodega Bay.

Notes:

Invasive species

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1 Comment

Those are beautiful...I remember going to the Beach in California... Taking one for my Garden and they grew all over my front Yard gorgeous large purple flowers...not very high just spreading all over....

California, USA

Lat: 38.31, Long: -123.03

Spotted on Nov 3, 2018
Submitted on Jan 5, 2019

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