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Drosanthemum hispidum   (Hairy Dewflower)


Drosanthemum hispidum  (AIZOOACEAE.) 
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Profile Date May-2019 (taxon update: Jul-2022)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Drosanthemum hispidum - datasheet created on May-2019. Retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 27-Jan-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Drosanthemum hispidum(L.) Schwantes
Published in Z. Sukkulentenk. 3: 29 (1927)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Mesembryanthemum hispidum L.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Aizooaceae Rudolphi (The Fig-Marigold Family)
17 species from the Aizooaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Hairy Dewflower, Miniature Pigs Face

Maltese name(s) :

Kristallina vjola iż-żgħira, Drożantema sufija

Status for Malta :

Persisting Alien. Introduced species for horticulture (flowering plants) or agriculture (herbs or fruiting trees) usually within the last 2 centuries and persist after their original location or site is abandoned. They do not widespread but usually remain as a single tree or a very localised population.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

May – June

Colour of Flowers:

Violet

Toxicity:

Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Drosanthemum:
hispidum:

Planting in rural areas :

Cannot be planted in the wild (rural areas) since the species may be invasive (see ERA guidelines)

Remarks :

The hispid-pubescent stems and the trailing habitat are very distinctive for the species. Garden escape creeping and mat forming Mesemb with small finger-shaped leaves covered by tiny water cells and wood stepms with a hispid (bristly) indumentum.


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Cultivated for ornament, and locally naturalized on coasts of W. Mediterranean region.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Degraded areas or wasteground usually from dumped cultivated material, or abandoned cultivation
Botanical Description: Stems erect or trailing, hispid, the lower branches sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaves 1.2-3 cm, tuberculate-papillose, often reddish. Flowers solitary or 2 or 3 together, 2.5-3 cm in diameter; petals purple.
Distributional range: West Mediterranean
Native region outside Europe: (South Africa, Madagascar)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Introduced in  the Balaeric Islands, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
[nBl Bl(M) Ca(T) nHs nIt]

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Species Images (6 images)
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-0.
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-1.
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-2.
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-3.
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-4.
   Drosanthemum hispidum   -   Image Code: DRSHI-5.

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