Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Prostrate or scrambling, short-lived perennials, younger stems angular and densely papillose. Leaves opposite, petiolate; petiole partly stem-sheathing. Flowers solitary in axils, shortly pedicellate; sepals 4, alternating larger and smaller; petaloid staminodes numerous, mauve to reddish; stamens numerous; styles 4; ovary inferior, 4-locular; ovules numerous, axile. Fruit a 4-locular capsule, opening when wet via apical slits; seeds numerous.

2 species, endemic in South Africa; 1 naturalised in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Aizoaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Aizoaceae
Higher taxa
genus Aptenia
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