Carpobrotus aequilaterus (Haw.) N.E.Br.

Angled Pig-face

Stems spreading, 1-2 m long. Leaves mostly 4-9 cm long, 6-12 mm wide, pale to bluish green occasionally tinged reddish-purple; the bottom ridge with small teeth at least in the upper portion. Flowers mostly 4-8 cm wide, stalks 1-4 cm long. Petal-like stamens purple, paler at the base. Stamens in 4-6 rows. Styles 6-14, free; spring to summer. Ovary flattened with 2 ridges, sunken on top.


C. edulis (L.) N.E. Br. is naturalised and differs in having petal-like stamens, yellow at first and leaves with the basal ridge having tiny teeth at least towards the tip of the leaf. C. modestus S. T. Blake is a native plant with bluish leaves has 6-10 styles that are fused at the base; it is naturalised in southern states and in Tasmania and sometimes planted on cliffs and embankments to control erosion.

Source: Spencer, R.; Thompson, A. (1997). Aizoaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Aizoaceae
genus        Carpobrotus N.E.Br.