“Mesembryanthemum” Genus

Mesembryanthemum Image

This low-growing succulent is a native of southern Africa. A member of the Aizoaceae family. It has 25 species, all of which are natives of the northern hemisphere and South Africa. Three of the species have been naturalized in Australia. Plants in this genus contain bladder cells that cover their stems, leaves, and fruits. The cells glitter like ice crystals and that’s why plants in the genus are referred to as ice plants.

One unique characteristic of these plants is that their flowers close at night. By closing, they remain protected from dew, and predators at night when they are unlikely to attract pollinators. They later open during the day to enable insects to pollinate them. They are described as prostrate plants because they grow along the ground. Also, these species have unique morphologies which give them the adaptation to absorb the salt. They, therefore, do well in high-saline environments. It is noteworthy that this genus has been retired and species under it moved to other genera including Carpobrotus, Cleretum, and Sceletium.

Mesembryanthemum Plants On Succulent City

Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Image
Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum (The Crystalline Ice Plant)
Mesembryanthemum Cordifolium Image
The Heartleaf Iceplant ‘Mesembryanthemum Cordifolium’
Mesembryanthemum Nodiflorum Image
The Slenderleaf Iceplant ‘Mesembryanthemum Nodiflorum’


Richard Miller

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