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Carpobrotus acinaformis

La griffe de sorcière
Red Hottentot Fig

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

110-120 mm

Flowering months

February,

March,

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Succulent

Height

to 15 cm

Description

Introduced in the 19th century from the Cape Province of South Africa for erosion control. It has become invasive, so much so, that there is a program in place to eradicate the plant. The creeping fleshy stem, woody at the base, can reach a length of 3 m.

Flowers

Each ray floret of the Carpobrotus acinaformis is a true flower. Although it resembles the Asteraceae family it does not belong to it.

Leaves

Succulent fleshy, water-retaining leaves. Fleshy, triangular and positioned opposite each other.

Fruits Seeds

Syconium: an enlarged, fleshy, hollow receptacle, somewhat resembling a fig, hence the English name.

Edible

Fruit: when ripe (yellow), has a sour, astringent, salty flavour.

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