This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Mesembryanthemum Barbatum. Bearded Fig-Marigold.
Cal. 5-fidus. Petala numerosa, linearia. Caps. carnosa, infera, polysperma.
MESEMBRYANTHEMUM barbatum, foliis subovatis papulosis distinctis, apice barbatis. Lin. Syst. Vegetab. p. 469.
MESEMBRYANTHEMUM radiatum, ramulis prolixis recumbentibus. Dillen. Hort. Elth. 245. t. 190. f. 234.
The leaves of this species have small hairs, issuing like rays from their points, whence its name of barbatum; there are two others figured by Dillenius, whose leaves have a great similarity of structure, and which are considered by Linnaeus as varieties of this species; our plant is the Stellatum of Miller's Dict. ed. 6. 4to.
Like most of this tribe it inhabits the Cape, flowers in July, and is readily propagated by cuttings.