Yellow coastal carpets

DAY 17 (22 APR) – Hottentot-fig (carpobrotus edulis) (El Palmar, Spain)

These ground-creeping plants with gorgeous yellow (or sometimes pink) flowers and succulent leaves are rampant over dunes where the climate is warm (such as Australia, California, the Med – and here on the south-west Atlantic coast of Spain).

They’re native to South Africa, hence the non-pc name, though you may also know them as mesembryanthemum.

Much as I like to look at them, they are invasive so pose a threat to local endangered species and lower biodiversity. Hmmm, pity.

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