Invasive Iceplant, Carpobrotus edulis

Drawn from specimen I collected in Pacific Grove neighborhood (not in a State or National park). I dissected the plant with an exacto knife. The ice plant was originally brought to the United States from South Africa in the early 1900s and planted along the coasts of Northern California with the intention to fight erosion. It turned out to be an invasive species well adapted to outcompete native species and decreases biodiversity of coastal ecologies. CA Fish and Wildlife runs campaigns to uproot and dispose of the iceplant invasive and replant coasts with native plant such as Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla).

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