Malephora crocea

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Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: coppery mesembryanthemum

Malephora crocea (coppery mesembryanthemum) is a herb/subshrub (family Aizoaceae) with red flowers and narrow succulent-like leaves found in the south coast ranges of California. It is native to southern Africa. It favors grasslands, dunes, and scrub and chaparral habitat. It spreads via seeds and root nodes. Water helps disperse the seeds.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Malephora crocea Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Malephora crocea (coppery mesembryanthemum) flower and leaves. Photo: © 2011 Neal Kramer
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    Malephora crocea (coppery mesembryanthemum) infestation. Photo: © 2011 Neal Kramer