Carpobrotus acinaciformis (L.) L. Bol., Fl. Pl. South Africa 7: t. 247 1927. (syn: Abryanthemum acinaciforme (L.) Rothm.; Carpobrotus concavus L. Bol.; Carpobrotus laevigatus (L. Bol.) Schwant.; Carpobrotus rubrocinctus (Haw.) Schwant.; Carpobrotus subalatus (Haw.) Schwant.; Carpobrotus vanzijliae L. Bol.; Mesembryanthemum acinaciforme L.; Mesembryanthemum acinaciforme var. purpureum L.; Mesembryanthemum laevigatum Haw.; Mesembryanthemum rubrocinctum Haw.; Mesembryanthemum subalatum Haw.);
South Africa (W-Cape Prov.), France (I), Italy (I), Sardinia (I), Canary Isl. (I) (Gran Canaria (I)), Portugal (I), Spain (I), Baleares (I), Corsica (I), Sicily (I), Croatia (I), Greece (I), Crete (I), Cyprus (I), East Aegaean Isl. (I), Rhodos (I), Libya (I), Morocco (I) as per Catalogue of Life;

Carpobrotus acinaciformis from California-GS20032021-2: 2 images.

Carpobrotus acinaciformis (Linn.) L. Bolus

Syn: Mesembryanthemum acinaciforme Linn.

Succulent perennial with slightly curved sabre like leaves, isosceles triangular in cross section and pink to magenta flowers 10-15 cm across, with up to 3.5 cm long subequal sepals and 12-16 chambered ovary. In similar looking C. edulis leaves are mostly straight, equilateral triangular in section, flowers are yellow 8-10 cm across and sepals strongly unequal up to 7 cm long, ovary 9-11 chambered.

Photographed from San Jose, California, 11-11-2012.

I think Carpobrotus chilensis (USA), which is distributed in California as per Jepson

please note in Carpobrotus chilensis, which I have uploaded separately (Carpobrotus chilensis from California-GS10022020-2 (, leaves are glaucous, rounded on the back, flowers are hardly 3-5 cm across, is wild on coastal dunes. This one is cultivated, leaves with flat faces, isosceles triangular in cross section, flowers much larger.  

Can you check my post from California?
Flowers are looking very similar to these.
You had identified as Carpobrotus chilensis.

Please note C. acinaciformis has also been introduced into California. We may have to shift upload by … also to C. acinaciformis.

Here is the Link Carpobrotus chilensis in Flora of North America @


As you have posted Carpobrotus Species on Eflora, I am posting my pictures for your help in identification.
All the pictures have been taken during my visit to Fremont in Sept, 2014.

Carpobrotus chilensis, I hope.

In light of my new upload and discussion therein, this upload by … may also belong to C. acinaciformis.

Carpobrotus chilensis, your earlier id, is also looking very close.
Very confusing.

Not after you compare with my upload of C. chilensis. compare colour of leaves, thickness, angles and flower size.



References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI

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