Scientific nameCarpanthea pomeridiana is a rapidly growing, hairy, annual, leaf succulent with a spreading, decumbent growth habit. Branches are reclining, hairy to sparsely hairy, reaching a height of 150-300 mm and with a spread of 200-300 mm. The roots are fibrous. The lower main stem grows about 5 mm in diameter, the upper stems terete, 2-3 mm in diameter. The leaves are in opposite pairs, horizontal to ascending, softly succulent, flat, united at the base, and are spoon-shaped to spear-shaped, 3.5-10 × 10-25 mm; the petiole channelled at the base, light green; the leaf margin minutely ciliate. The leaf end is acute to blunt (obtuse) to subacute.
Propagate from seed sown in situ or in shallow seed trays. Crush the dried fruiting capsules to remove the seeds and sow in autumn, in sandy soil. Scatter seeds and cover with a thin layer of sand (1-2 mm thick). Water well and keep moist, or wait for the oncoming rains. Germination is rapid after a week or three (when seed is viable). Prick out the seedlings into flower beds or containers when large enough to handle. Once they have finished fruiting and the plants have dried, the fruiting capsules can be stored in a paper bag, in a cool, dry place, ready for the next autumn.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Easy to grow
It provides food for:
Carpanthea pomeridiana is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos