Disphyma australe

This native succulent is found at the coast. I saw it on a cliff above rocks when we took the coast route from Dunedin to Waihola on our way home. We stopped at one of the many beaches, 25 October 2020. New Zealand.

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Disphyma australe subsp. australe
synonym: Mesembryanthemum australe
New Zealand ice plant. Māori name: horokaka

The ice plant has spread in large patches on the cliff.

I was pleased to find it in flower. They were pale pink.

I was intrigued how it spread over the cliff face.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. I’ve seen these many times in my various NZ wanderings, but seem never to have quite taken the time to research their identity. Thanks very much for putting a name to a face I’ve really come to enjoy.

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        1. I see the garish exotic ones sometimes in gardens, especially those near the sea. I like their bright splashes of colour. We also have a nuisance exotic one with lemon flowers, frowned on because it can breed with the native one.

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