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Dactylopsis digitata (Aiton) N.E.Br.
Gen. S. Afr. Fl. Pl. 244 (1926)
Family: AIZOACEAE

Accepted Scientific Name: Mesembryanthemum digitatum Aiton
Hort. Kew. [W. Aiton] 2: 181 1789. Aiton

Dactylopsis digitata (Mesembryanthemum digitatum) Photo by: © Plantemania

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Mesembryanthemum digitatum Aiton
Hort. Kew. [W. Aiton] 2: 181 1789.
Synonymy: 5 Accepted name in llifle Database:
Mesembryanthemum digitatum subs. littlewoodii (L. Bolus) Klak
Taxon 56: 752 2007.
Synonymy: 4
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Subspecies, varieties, forms and cultivars of plants belonging to the Mesembryanthemum digitatum group

Mesembryanthemum digitatum subs. littlewoodii, previously treated as a species of its own, is included in M. digitatus as a subspecies. Although the morphological distinctness between the two subspecies is merely a matter of dimensions, both taxa are geographically well separated. If properly grown, both subspecies will keep their shape and distinction even under cultivation.

  • Mesembryanthemum digitatum Aiton: (subsp. digitatus) Leaves up to 120 mm long, flower to 20 mm in diameter. Leaf angle between "finger and thumb" < 90°. Flowrs to 20 mm Ø. In a good rainy season, the leaves of this sub-species may grow surprisingly long and chubby. Distribution: Cape Province (Distr Vanrhynsdorp, Vredendal).
  • Mesembryanthemum digitatum subs. littlewoodii (L. Bolus) Klak: Leaves less than 50 mm long, flower 10-15 mm in diameter. Leaves angle between "finger and thumb" > 90° This miniature subspecies retains its dwarf habit even after unusually good rains. Distribution: N Vanrhynsdorp, Western Cape.


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