Hottentot-Fig, Carpobrotus edulis


Short description of Carpobrotus edulis, Hottentot-Fig

A mat forming succulent perennial with procumbent woody stems. These stems can extend up to 3m trailing over cliffs and walls. Leaves are triangular in cross section and the solitary flowers are either yellow, pinkish purple or pink with yellow bases.

Description of Carpobrotus edulis, Hottentot-Fig status in GB

Hottentot-fig is invasive along coastal areas, particularly in the south west, where it competes with the native flora.

Habitat summary: Carpobrotus edulis, Hottentot-Fig

In its native distribution it can be found on coastal dunes, sands, shingles, rock cliffs, ledges, inland cliffs, rock pavements and outcrops. A species of warm temperate to dry climates. Grows on well drained, acid to alkaline or saline soils.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: South Africa
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.113 (Guernsey)
Date of first record: 1886

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Jane Squirrell

Last updated:

November 27th 2015

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