Vygies ("little figs")

Vygies ("little figs") - Southern Africa : The Mesembryanthemaceae or Vygies have speciated in the Succulent Karoo and Fynbos Biomes. By all accounts current DNA work suggests that the speciation has been rapid, recent, and is probably still ongoing. Taxonomists are dealing with this in variou

The Mesembryanthemaceae or Vygies have speciated in the Succulent Karoo and Fynbos Biomes. By all accounts current DNA work suggests that the speciation has been rapid, recent, and is probably still ongoing.

Taxonomists are dealing with this in various ways. Some have described everything as new, leaving others to sort out the mess. Some are sinking species and genera, leaving field botanists bewildered by the loss of good entities and entangled groups. Others are being pragmatic, cladistic, opportunistic and any other "tics" that you can think of. It will probably be a while before things settle, so let us try and keep track of what the current thinking is here.

This is the current classification:
http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa/species-browser/Aizoaceae
There are 2 main subfamilies:
Ruschioids or Woody Vygies with woody fruit and seeds attached to the side walls of the ovary.
http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa/species-browser/Ruschioideae
and
Mesembryanthemoids or Weedy Vygies with soft or corky texture fruit and seeds attached to the central column of the ovary.
http://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa/species-browser/Mesembryanthemoideae

30 Sep 2015
Tony Rebelo