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any plant of a South African genus (Mesembryanthemum) of succulent-leaved prostrate or erect plants widely grown in gardens and greenhouses: family Aizoaceae



a genus of plants of the family Aizoaceae. They are low (4-60 cm) annual or biennial grasses with straight prostrate or creeping stems. The simple, alternate or opposite, succulent leaves are ovate, spatulate, or cylindrical. The entire plant is covered with glistening papillae, vesicles epidermal in origin. The bisexual flowers are solitary or in small inflorescences. The calyx is five-parted, and the numerous linear petals (staminodes) are white, red, pink, or, less often, yellow. The fruit is a five-celled capsule. There are approximately 50 species, found in southern and southwestern Africa in semideserts with sandy or rocky soils. Some species, such as Mesembryanthemum crystallinum and M. nodiflorum, grow wild in the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands, Arabia, Iran, southern Australia, California, and Mexico. Many species are ornamentals and have been cultivated for a long time in open ground (for example, the ice plant).

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Forstheoefel NR, Cushman JC (1995) Identification of enhancer and silencer regions involved in salt-responsive expression of crassulaccan acid metabolism (CAM) genes in the facultative halophyte Mesembryanthemum crystallinum.
Buryanov, "Effect of hypermethylation of CCWGG sequences in DNA of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum plants on their adaptation to salt stress," Biochemistry (Moscow), vol.
Vegetation is similar on the mainland side of the lagoon, although notable additions are the Egyptian fig marigold Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, whose distribution is rare on mainland UAE, and in a bay on the eastern side of the lagoon (Fig.6,d) a species of sea lavender Limonium carnosum (also considered rare in the UAE), and a grass Panicum antidotale, which has a localised distribution along the Arabian Gulf Coast.
Another plant succumbing to the effects of overwatering is Lampranthus or Ice Plant, formerly known as Mesembryanthemum, a succulent native to South Africa, used as a groundcover.
Mittagsblume is the German name for the ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystalline), which is said to be particularly rich in minerals and trace elements which smooth and calm the skin.
Similarly, in Mesembryanthemum crystallium, the transition from [c.sub.3] to CAM mode of photosyntheiss following exposure to salinity was prevented by a cytokinin-treatment (Schmitt and Piepenbrock 1992).
In 2000 the discovery of sequence information for all subunits of V-ATPase for two plant species; Arabidopsis thaliana [23] and Mesembryanthemum crystallium [24] has aroused a great deal of concern of plant biologists on advance molecular aspects of V-ATPase.
The role of calcium as a second messenger during metamorphosis has been partially documented in different phyla, including the gastropod Haliotis rufescens (Baxter and Morse, 1987), the polychaete Phragmatopoma californica (Ilan et al., 1993), the brachiopod Terebratalia (Freeman, 1993), the crustacean Balanus amphitrite (Clare et al., 1995; Clare, 1996), the hydrozoan Phialidium gregarium (McCauley, 1997), and the hydroid Tubularia mesembryanthemum (Kawaii et al., 1999).
Winter K, Luttge U, Winter E, Troughton JH (1978) Seasonal shift from C3 photosynthesis to crassulacean acid metabolism in Mesembryanthemum crystallinum growing in its natural environment.
Betjeman describes the Cornish cliffs in Shakespearean blank verse: Where deep cliffs loom enormous, where cascade Mesembryanthemum and stone-crop down, Where the gull looks no larger than a lark Hung midway twixt the cliff-top and the sand, Sun-shadowed valleys roll along the sea.
The family Aizoaceae is well known in South Africa from the names Mesembryanthemum in English, "vygies" in Afrikaans and "iqina" in Xhosa.
The MT-L cDNA clones pECD7, isolated from Mesembryanthemum crystallinum and pCkn16A1 from Nicotiana plumhaginifolia were used to characterize metallothionein-like mRNA expression during cytokinin treatment, copper and NaCI stress.