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Natal Sourfig

Carpobrotus dimidiatus

Description:

Carpobrotus dimidiatus (commonly known as Natal Sourfig) is a succulent perennial of the family Aizoaceae, native to Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The flowers of this Carpobrotus ("Sour-fig") species range bright pink to mauve. It can be difficult to distinguish from the other 5 southern African Sour-fig species, but its leaves are long, thin and equilateral triangular in cross-section. This species's flower base is also strongly and distinctively double-ridged. (The Carpobrotus genus has about 25 species all together) Their natural habitat is the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, also stretching south into the Eastern Cape and north into Mozambique. Its fruits are edible and are grazed by tortoises and other southern African animals.

Habitat:

A peninsula with Indian Ocean on one side and Komati river on the other. This grew on a sand dune with shrubs, a few trees and some other plants.

Notes:

Their natural habitat is the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, also stretching south into the Eastern Cape and north into Mozambique. Its fruits are edible and are grazed by tortoises and other southern African animals.

2 Species ID Suggestions

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Carpobrotus Glaucescens
Fanie
Fanie 9 years ago
Natal Sourfig
Carpobrotus dimidiatus Carpobrotus dimidiatus


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11 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 9 years ago

Thank you Fanie :)

Tiz
Tiz 9 years ago

I agree Sckel, a lot of similareties, very close :) Gerardo, thank you for your nice comment. Kerry, thank you for ID suggestion! Do you have this one in Australia as well?

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Great series Tina :)

Sckel
Sckel 9 years ago

I found something similar with your flowers: Delosperma ashtonii

Sckel
Sckel 9 years ago

:))

injica
injica 9 years ago

tnx Sckel, you know that I will, some of my neighbors have this growing in the hedge and it smells lovely when you pass by :))

Sckel
Sckel 9 years ago

You can plant Catharanthus roseus, they love the summer. I like the red.

injica
injica 9 years ago

yes they are, that is the only green thing in my garden during the summer :D

Sckel
Sckel 9 years ago

it seems that the leaves are succulents

Tiz
Tiz 9 years ago

Oh lovely! A big thanks to your Granny in advance :D

injica
injica 9 years ago

This is very common here too ;) will ask tomorrow my granny what's the name ;) she planted that around our house

Tiz
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Tiz

Mozambique

Spotted on Jul 6, 2013
Submitted on Jul 6, 2013

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