Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 1/12]

In the facultative halophytic species Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) may be induced by a range of a biotic factors including drought, salinity, high light intensity, low temperature, and anoxia [CAM plants take up CO2 at night and store it in the vacuoles, as malic acid that can be broken down during the day for sugars]. It appears that it is the flexibility of CAM and the associated large phenotypic plasticity of CAM plants that constitute the advantage of CAM for acquisition of ecological niches.

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 1/12]

In the facultative halophytic species Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) may be induced by a range of a biotic factors including drought, salinity, high light intensity, low temperature, and anoxia [CAM plants take up CO2 at night and store it in the vacuoles, as malic acid that can be broken down during the day for sugars]. It appears that it is the flexibility of CAM and the associated large phenotypic plasticity of CAM plants that constitute the advantage of CAM for acquisition of ecological niches.

Photographic credit: Ahmed El Aboudi

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 2/12]

Plant covered with crystalline papillae.

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 2/12]

Plant covered with crystalline papillae.

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 3/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 3/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 4/12]

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 4/12]

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 5/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 5/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 6/12]

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 6/12]

Photographic credit: Jean-Claude Thiaudière

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 7/12]

Photographic credit: Ahmed El Aboudi

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 7/12]

Photographic credit: Ahmed El Aboudi

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 8/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 8/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 9/12]

Photographic credit: Fouad Msanda

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 9/12]

Photographic credit: Fouad Msanda

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 10/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 10/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 11/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 11/12]

Photographic credit: Philippe Geniez

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 12/12]

Photographic credit: Xavier Bassières

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Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. [photo 12/12]

Photographic credit: Xavier Bassières

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