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.