Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Prostrate to erect perennial herbs or subshrubs; branches mostly compressed. Leaves opposite, usually connate at base, terete to trigonous. Flowers solitary or in cymes, axillary or terminal, subsessile to pedicellate; sepals 5, subequal; petaloid staminodes numerous; ovary inferior, 5-locular; ovules numerous, parietal. Fruit a 5-locular capsule; valves winged; locules remaining partly covered by an elastic, membranous 'roof'; seeds pear-shaped, tuberculate.

About 195 species endemic in the Cape Province of South Africa; 4 species 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-28