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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.

Mount Usu / Sarobetsu post-mined peatland
From left: Crater basin in 1986 and 2006. Cottongrass / Daylily

Mesembryanthemum L. (ハナヅルソウ), ice plant

indigenous to southern Africa glistening globular bladder cells covering their stems, fruit and leaves M. cordifolium L. f. (ハナヅルソウ)
M. crystallinum

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum in Western Australia

Suisyouhanazurusou (スイショウハナヅルソウ*, 水晶花蔓草), common ice plant, crystalline ice plant or ice plant (* tentative translation)
Lifeform: prostrate succulent forb
Distribution: native to Africa, Sinai and southern Europe

naturalized in North America, South America and Australia

Habitat: disturbed sites such as roadsides, rubbish dumps and homestead yards
Morphology: covered with large, glistening bladder cells or water vesicles - to reserve water
Photosynthesis: C3 → CAM under water-or salt-stressed Use: ornamental, edible and medical

Cryophytum crystallinum (L.) N. E. Brown


[1-3] in the campus of the University of Western Australiaon, Crawley, Western Australia, on October 3 2003.