Shortened form of genus name Mesembryanthemum, ‘first coined by Jacob Breyne in 1689 to convey the meaning “noon-flowering” from the Greek “mesembria” meaning midday; it was adopted by Linnaeus when he founded the genus.’ (D. Court, Succulent Flora of Sn Afr., 1981, p.31).
1928H.M.L. BolusNotes on MesembrianthemumI. 67In these days everyone who observes flowers at all is familiar with the meaning of ‘vijgie’, ‘Mesemb.’ or even the formidable Mesembrianthemum or ‘noon-flower’.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 184Vingerkanna,..The common name of Hymenocylus Smithii, a species of mesem.
1965S. EliovsonS. Afr. Wild Flowers for Garden 287There is scarcely a garden in South Africa that has not known the beauty and brilliance of the flowers of the mesemb or vygie in the spring.
1979Daily Dispatch 25 Oct. 19A blaze of many-coloured lampranthus and related plants of the ‘mesem’ or vygie family.
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