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If you have ever seen a succulent plant at the beach with fat, angular leaves then you have likely encountered one or another member of the Carpetweed family. The fleshy, globular leaves of some species resemble stones or pebbles. Other species are known as "ice plants" due to the glistening bladder-like cells that cover the stems, leaves, and fruits. These are mostly succulent plants, either erect, or sprawling across the ground, with simple, alternate or opposite leaves. The flowers are bisexual in most (not all) species, with 5 sepals (sometimes 3 to 8) usually united at the base. There are no true petals, but some species have numerous skinny "petals" derived from sterile stamens. The ovary matures as a capsule with one to numerous seeds per cell.
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