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A fleshy succulent plant of the carpetweed family, often with showy flowers. Several varieties are grown as ornamentals.
- ‘Its semi-desert vegetation of grass, shrubs, karoobossies and mesembryanthemums covers the hills and vales, and epitomises the wild and free spirit of this land.’
- ‘For ease of maintenance mesembryanthemums can't be beaten because they come in bright colours and require little water and develop into soft billows.’
- ‘Things like sea holly, sea cabbage and mesembryanthemums all need the sun to open their flowers…’
- ‘A lot of South African species survive in dryish conditions - Geraniums, mesembryanthemums, etc.’
- ‘Out near the lighthouse at Cabo Sardão the cliffs were smothered in mesembryanthemum, sherbet-yellow flowers in tangles of fleshy leaves.’
- ‘‘When he examined it more closely he found it was not a daisy but a drosanthemum, which is a member of the mesembryanthemum family,’ Rabie said.’
- ‘I have no idea what mesembryanthemums are, but I am going to find out.’
Modern Latin, based on Greek mesēmbria noon + anthemon flower.
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