Mesembryanthemum BarbatumBearded Fig-Marigold
- Class and Order
- Icosandria Pentagynia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 5-fidus. Petala numerosa, linearia. Caps. carnosa, infera, polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- MESEMBRYANTHEMUM barbatum, foliis subovatis papulosis distinctis, apice barbatis. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 469
- MESEMBRYANTHEMUM radiatum, ramulis prolixis recumbentibus. Dillen. Hort. Elth. 245. t. 190. f. 234.
The leaves of this species have small hairs, issuing like rays from their points, whence its name of barbatum; there are two others figured by Dillenius, whose leaves have a great similarity of structure, and which are considered by Linnæus as varieties of this species; our plant is the Stellatum of Miller's Dict. ed. 6. 4to.
Like most of this tribe it inhabits the Cape, flowers in July, and is readily propagated by cuttings.