1. Family: Aizoaceae Martinov
    1. Delosperma N.E.Br.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Arabian Peninsula.

    [FTEA]

    Aïzoaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1961

    Habit
    Decumbent or prostrate succulent perennial herbs, usually branched with distinct internodes and often forming clumps, sometimes tuberous and stemless
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, sessile, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, soft, green, minutely and distinctly papillose, devoid of radiating setae at their tips
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary, terminal or axillary
    Calyx
    Calyx gamosepalous, 5-lobed, the lobes unequal, the largest one or two horned or tailed and leaf-like
    Staminodes
    Staminodes many, obvious, petaloid, lanceolate, free
    Stamens
    Stamens many, free, like the staminodes inserted on the calyx-tube
    Pistil
    Ovary inferior, of 5 united carpels, 5-celled; stigmas 5, free, style-like; ovules and seeds many per cell, parietal
    Fruits
    Fruit a 5-valved capsule, opening under moist conditions by means of 2 contiguous expanding keels running down the inner face of each valve, the keels membranous-winged in their apical (outer) part
    Seeds
    Cell-wings absent, the cells thus unroofed and the seeds exposed in the expanded capsule.
    [FZ]

    Mesembryanthemaceae, M. L. Gonçalves. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Decumbent or prostrate creeping shrubs or perennial herbs.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, sessile, slightly connate, more or less finely papillose, broadly triangular to cylindrical or ovate, entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers terminal or axillary, solitary or in cymes, pedicellate, with leaf-like bracts, purple or white.
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments 5, equal or unequal, the longer ones sometimes horn-shaped or caudate.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes in few series, more or less linear.
    Stamens
    Stamens whitish, sometimes hairy towards the base.
    Pistil
    Ovary 5-locular, more or less convex; glands separated, partially crenulated; placentas parietal; stigmas 5, acute, papillose.
    Fruits
    Fruit 5-locular, keels with membranous marginal wings.
    Seeds
    Seeds suborbicular, pale brown.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Bolivia, California, El Salvador

    Delosperma N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 31, 2005 Pearson, H. H. W. [4903], South Africa K000077134 Unknown type material
    35356.001
    35389.000
    Smith, C.A. [6279], South Africa 12276.000
    Gomes e Sousa, A. [3344], Mozambique 8646.000

    First published in Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 78: 412 (1925)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Burtt Davy, F.P.F.T. 1: 157 (1926).
    • in Gard. Chron. 78: 412 & 433 in clave (1925)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Burtt-Davy, Man. Fl. Pl. Transv. 1: 157 (1926)
    • in Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 78: 412 & 433 (1925) in clave;

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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