Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet
Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 688 (1753).
Derivation: There are two explanations of the derivation: 1. Greek mesembria, midday; anthemon, flower; alluding to the majority of species opening in the sun. 2. Greek mesos, middle; embryon, ovary; anthemon, flower; alluding to the position of the ovary. The latter derivation resulted from the discovery of night-flowering species, but necessitated a change in spelling from Mesembrianthemum.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Biology: No text
Taxonomic notes: Many species, formerly included in this genus, have been transferred to other genera; those native or naturalised in S.Aust. being Aptenia, Carpobrotus, Disphyma, Drosanthemum, Lampranthus, Micropterum, Psilocaulon, Ruschia and Sarcozona. These genera are sometimes placed in a separate family, the Ficoidaceae or Mesembryanthemaceae.
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State Herbarium of South Australia