Edward Brown, 1981
Bronze - Reddish - Pink
||Mesembryanthemum tuberosum, L.
Delosperma tuberosum, Schwantes.
Mestoklema tuberosum var. macrorhizum,
N.E.Br. ex Glen
Delosperma macrorhizum, Schwantes.
Mesembryanthemum macrorhizum, Haw.
This member of the Aizoaceae family was given this name by Nicholas
Edward Brown in 1981. It is found on the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, growing in grit or other well drained soil
with little water and lots of sun. The swollen roots, each four
centimetres in diameter will form clusters up to 20 centimetres in
diameter. The plant can grow to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are
from bronze over reddish to pink or
salmon, and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.
The genera is named from Greek
mestos; 'full' and Greek klema; 'a small branch' for
the abundant branching. The species for its tuberous roots.