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Hottentot Fig

Observed: 26th July 2012 By: Eskling2Eskling2’s reputation in PlantsEskling2’s reputation in PlantsEskling2’s reputation in Plants

One of the few places in N Ireland where this plant has naturalised.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


derrick.rowe's picture

Carpobrotus hybrid

This is a far safer epithet. See my numerous comments under other 'identifications' of C. edulis.

Eskling2's picture

Flora of NI

The Flora of Northern Ireland site identifies the variety at this specific location as 'Carpobrotus edulis var. rubescens, Druce', stating that "Normally the Northern Ireland plant seems only to have reddish-purple flowers (var. rubescens)." (I didn't know that until after I had submitted my suggested ID.)

derrick.rowe's picture

C. edulis var rubescens. tut tut.

Preston & Sell (1988.) recognised three varieties of C. edulis that included rubescens based on UK material. The UK is hardly a reliable location for making diagnoses of a South African endemic, especially where it is very evident that at least one other congener (C. chilensis) has been adding its genes. Possibly even Disphyma taxa. There is no point in my listing the other edulis varieties because they have absolutely no useful taxonomic value. Cheers from downunder.

Eskling2's picture

Yes we are...

... a long way from South Africa! This plant has only naturalised in a couple of very mild coastal locations in Northern Ireland. Any gene mixing probably occurred before it got here. It struggles to produce flowers in our cold wet summers - never mind set seed (may be possible in a rare warm summer)! Mainly spreading vegetatively.