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Carpobrotus edulis is a succulent plant native to South Africa. It is a trailing, mat-forming plant that typically grows close to the ground, with fleshy, triangular leaves and large, showy pink to purple flowers that bloom in the summer. The Hottentot fig is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscaping due to its attractive foliage and flowers.
The plant is also known for its edible fruit, which is a type of fig and is often used in jams and jellies. The fruit is high in vitamin C and has a sweet, tangy flavor. Carpobrotus edulis is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions and respiratory problems.
However, it should be noted that Carpobrotus edulis is considered an invasive species in many parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe and North America. Its ability to spread quickly and compete with native vegetation has led to its classification as a noxious weed in some areas.
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