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Carpobrotus chilensis  (Molina) N. E. Br.
Sea fig
Carpobrotus chilensis is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Carpobrotus
Family: Aizoaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: coastal

Communities: Coastal Strand, Coastal Sage Scrub

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSCarpobrotus aequilateralus
ICPNCarpobrotus aequilaterus
PLANTSMesembryanthemum chilense
JEFMesembryanthemum chilensis
Information about  Carpobrotus chilensis from other sources

[Wikipedia] Originated in southern Africa: [Wikipedia] Usually found in warm temperate and subtropical areas, it is probably native to southern Africa.[1] It is familiar elsewhere, particularly the coastline of western North America, where it is an introduced invasive species that has taken hold and become commonplace. It is also found, and naturalised, in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Australia, Spain, Greece, Southern England and New Zealand. (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/12/2024).