Hottentot fig

variants: or Hottentot's fig

Definition of Hottentot fig

: a low-growing woody southern African perennial (Carpobrotus edulis) of the family Aizoaceae that has angular stems, opposite succulent leaves united at the base, and large yellow or purplish rose flowers, that is cultivated as a ground cover, and that sometimes occurs as an escape in the southwestern U.S.

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