Delosperma litorale

(Kensit) L. Bolus

Notes Mesembr yanthemum 1: 135. 1928.

Common names: White trailing iceplant
Basionym: Mesembryanthemum litorale Kensit Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 1: 153. 1909
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 90. Mentioned on page 89.

Stems rooting at older nodes, prostrate, mat-forming, glabrous. Leaves crowded on short shoots; blade gray-green, white-margined, linear, 3-angled in cross section, 2–3 × 0.5–0.6 cm, apex acute. Inflorescences axillary or terminal cymes; pedicel to 20 mm. Flowers 3–7(–16), 15–22 mm diam.; calyx lobes keeled abaxially, 3–4 mm, apex obtuse, 3 lobes with papery margins; petals white, 8–10 mm; nectary glands distinct; stamens distinct, conic around stigmas; filament bases usually hairy; ovules 100; stigmas 5, caudate, papillate adaxially. Capsules 5-loculed. Seeds: mature seeds not observed. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–fall.
Habitat: Margins of coastal wetlands, stabilized dunes
Elevation: 0-30 m


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Introduced; Calif. (including San Nicholas Island), South Africa.


This species is known in the nursery trade in California as Delosperma ‘Alba.’

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John E. Bleck +
(Kensit) L. Bolus +
Mesembryanthemum litorale +
White trailing iceplant +
Calif. (including San Nicholas Island) +  and South Africa. +
0-30 m +
Margins of coastal wetlands, stabilized dunes +
Flowering late spring–fall. +
Notes Mesembr yanthemum +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Delosperma litorale +
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