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Useful Tropical Plants

Mesembryanthemum cryptanthum

Hook.f.

Aizoaceae

+ Synonyms

Aizoon theurkauffii Maire

Hydrodea bossiana Dinter

Hydrodea cryptantha (Hook.f.) N.E.Br.

Hydrodea hampdenii N.E.Br.

Hydrodea sarcocalycantha (Dinter & A.Berger) Dinter

Mesembryanthemum forskahlii Hochst. ex Boiss.

Mesembryanthemum gaussenii Leredde

Mesembryanthemum sarcocalycanthum Dinter & A.Berger

Mesembryanthemum theurkauffii (Maire) Maire

Opophytum forskahlii (Hochst. ex Boiss.) N.E.Br.

Opophytum gaussenii (Leredde) H.Jacobsen ex Greuter & Burdet

Opophytum theurkauffii (Maire) Maire

Common Name:

Mesembryanthemum cryptanthum

General Information

Mesembryanthemum cryptanthum is a prostrate, annual plant with thick, succulent stems and leaves.
The edible fruits are sometimes harvested for local consumption.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Africa - drier areas from the northeast by the Red Sea to the southwest in Namibia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.05 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a sunny position in a well-drained soil of low fertility[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

The crushed fruits are used in making bread[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in containers in a lightly shaded position. The seed germinates best at 15 - 20°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle and plant out when ready.
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