Carpobrotus edulis is a robust perennial that forms a dense mat of multiple trailing stems. It has large green, smooth and succulent leaves that are erect, opposite, three-angled and fused at the base. It grows along the coast in the west and south of South Africa and inland in the Western Cape.
The flowers are large, they may be 8 cm across, are positioned at the branch ends and yellow in colour, but turn pink with age. The base of the flower tapers from the five sepal lobes to the pedicel around a succulent fruit that develops fleshy capsules into a sought after commodity, eaten by several animal species as well as people. Some housewives make jam of them. The style and stigma can be seen among the stamens in the flower in picture.