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Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum L.

Synonyms

Cryophytum cleistum, Cryophytum gibbosum, Cryophytum nodiflorum, Cryophytum rogersii, Gasoul nodiflorum, Mesembryanthemum caducum, Mesembryanthemum copticum, Mesembryanthemum inornatum, Mesembryanthemum paucandrum, Psilocaulon caducum, Stigmatocarpon caducum, Stigmatocarpum copticum

Common names

Egyptian Fig Marigold, ghasoul, hurr, slenderleaf ice plant

Extract from Wikipedia article

Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum is a species of succulent plant in the ice plant family known by the common name slenderleaf ice plant. It is native to southern Africa, but it is known in many other places as an introduced species and sometimes an invasive weed, including several regions of Australia, parts of the western United States and adjacent Mexico, and some Atlantic islands. This is a usually annual herb forming a mostly prostrate clump or mat of stems up to about 20 centimeters in maximum length. The small stem branches are lined with knob-like cylindrical fleshy leaves up to 2 centimeters long. The herbage is green to bright red and visibly bumpy with shiny, bubble-like papillae. Flowers are solitary or borne in loose clusters. Each is about half a centimeter wide with many narrow to thready white or pale yellow petals. The fruit is a capsule which opens when it becomes wet, releasing seeds.

White flower of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 1, 2010
LinkWhite flower of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 1, 2010
Blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 1, 2010
LinkBlooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 1, 2010
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in dunes of Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in dunes of Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
Location on mapsAl Shamal Rd, Al Ruwais, Qatar
Small flower of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in sands of Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
LinkSmall flower of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) in sands of Jazirat Umm Tays, barrier island at northern tip of Qatar, east from Ruwais, March 24, 2012
Location on mapsAl Shamal Rd, Al Ruwais, Qatar
Prostrate clump (mat) of stems of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
LinkProstrate clump (mat) of stems of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
Location on maps
Mats of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) among rocks on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
LinkMats of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) among rocks on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
Location on maps
Reddish mats of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
LinkReddish mats of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
Location on maps
Knob-like cylindrical fleshy leaves of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
LinkKnob-like cylindrical fleshy leaves of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on a hill north-west from oil tank installation in Haloul Island (Jazirat Halul). Qatar, April 19, 2013
Location on maps
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Small plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkSmall plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
European seaheath (Frankenia pulverulenta) together with Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkEuropean seaheath (Frankenia pulverulenta) together with Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkBlooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Many-flowered Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis multisiliquosa, local name Qileiqlan) together with Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkMany-flowered Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis multisiliquosa, local name Qileiqlan) together with Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing in silt in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkBlooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing in silt in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Yellow plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing in silt in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkYellow plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing in silt in abandoned farms in Ras Laffan. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Tiny plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkTiny plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Green plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkGreen plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Brown plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkBrown plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Brown blooming plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkBrown blooming plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) growing in silt in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) blooming on ruins of farms in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) blooming on ruins of farms in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing on ruins of farms in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing on ruins of farms in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Close up of flowers of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
LinkClose up of flowers of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum(?)) in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, February 28, 2014
Location on mapsAl Shamal Road, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in silty depression on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in silty depression on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Location on mapsStreet 44, Qatar
Mesembryanthemum cryptanthum growing among Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
LinkMesembryanthemum cryptanthum growing among Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Reddish plant of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
LinkReddish plant of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Location on mapsStreet 44, Qatar
Reddish plant of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) with a flower on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
LinkReddish plant of slenderleaf iceplant (Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) with a flower on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, March 7, 2014
Location on mapsStreet 44, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, April 3, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, April 3, 2014
Location on mapsMadinat Al Shamal - Al Gharya Road, Madīnat ash Shamāl, Qatar
Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) near a road to Zubara in area of Al Magdah farms in northern Qatar, May 2, 2014
LinkEgyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) near a road to Zubara in area of Al Magdah farms in northern Qatar, May 2, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Al-Ghuwayriyah, Qatar
Seedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, December 13, 2014
LinkSeedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, December 13, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Close up of a seedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, December 13, 2014
LinkClose up of a seedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, December 13, 2014
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Young plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
LinkYoung plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Close up of young plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
LinkClose up of young plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Seedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum)(?) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
LinkSeedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum)(?) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 9, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Seedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 30, 2015
LinkSeedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) near Al Khor Hospital. Qatar, January 30, 2015
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Seedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) on a roadside east from Al Jebail water treatment plant. Al Khor, Qatar, January 23, 2016
LinkSeedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) on a roadside east from Al Jebail water treatment plant. Al Khor, Qatar, January 23, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Seedling of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, January 29, 2016
LinkSeedling of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) on rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, January 29, 2016
Seedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms, on north-eastern coast. Qatar, February 12, 2016
LinkSeedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms, on north-eastern coast. Qatar, February 12, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Colorful seedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms, on north-eastern coast. Qatar, February 12, 2016
LinkColorful seedlings of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms, on north-eastern coast. Qatar, February 12, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Young plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) grown on limestone on a rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
LinkYoung plant of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) grown on limestone on a rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
Location on mapsFuwyrit Beach Rd, Qatar
Seedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing on limestone on a rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
LinkSeedling of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) growing on limestone on a rocky ridge of Jebel Fuwairit. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
Location on mapsFuwyrit Beach Rd, Qatar
Carpet of blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
LinkCarpet of blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan farms. Northern Qatar, March 12, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Carpet of blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in a roadside depression east from Al Jebail water treatment plant. Al Khor, Qatar, March 19, 2016
LinkCarpet of blooming Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in a roadside depression east from Al Jebail water treatment plant. Al Khor, Qatar, March 19, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Reddish plants of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) grown on a hill slope after spring rains on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, April 2, 2016
LinkReddish plants of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) grown on a hill slope after spring rains on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, April 2, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Patches of reddish plants of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) grown on a hill slope after spring rains on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, April 2, 2016
LinkPatches of reddish plants of Egyptian fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, local name Ghasoul) grown on a hill slope after spring rains on Purple Island (Jazirat Bin Ghanim). Al Khor, Qatar, April 2, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar
Masses of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms. Northern Qatar, April 16, 2016
LinkMasses of Egyptian Fig-marigold (slenderleaf ice plant, Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum) in area of Ras Laffan Farms. Northern Qatar, April 16, 2016
Location on mapsUnnamed Road, Qatar

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