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Sea Fig Ice Plant Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 1, 2009
ID : 1989 [3888 x 2592]

Sea Fig Ice Plant Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 1, 2009
ID : 1988 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

Carpobrotus chilensis is a species of succulent plant known by the common name sea fig. It is probably native to southern Africa but is familiar elsewhere, particularly the coastline of western North America, where it is an invasive introduced species that has taken hold and become commonplace. It is also found in parts of South America. It is similar to, and often mistaken for, its close relative ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) which grows alongside and sometimes hybridizes with it. Sea fig has long stems and fleshy, pointed leaves which are triangular in cross-section. Its flowers are magenta and are smaller than those of ice plant. Like ice plant, this species is hardy and can withstand the disturbance by humans which is common on the well-traveled beaches where it grows. This trait gives it an advantage over many native flora species causing it to become a threat to native coastal ecosystems where it has invaded.



                                     



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