Carpobrotus contains two dozens of relatively large mesemb with coarse foliage. They grow on the Pacific coast of the Americas, in South Africa and southern Australia. The name Carpobrotus comes from the Greek for "edible fruit". Most species grow in the coastal regions, and do well in sandy areas. They can be useful to hold drifting sand, and to colonize rapidly disturbed areas where water is of limited availability. They have been introduced and have been naturalized in many coastal areas of the worlds where they can be quite invasive. They are considered invasive in California by the California Exotic Pest Plant Council (CalEPPC):

The Carpobrotus are large, trailing, leaf succulent perennials. They have long stems that root at the nodes, with triangular leaves, occasionally with red tinge, that varies depending on the growing conditions.

Most species blooms in early summer and will take some frost.

Species and varieties
Carpobrotus chilensis (Hottentot Fig)
Carpobrotus edulis
Carpobrotus aequilateralus synonym of Carpobrotus chilensis (Hottentot Fig)

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