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Family: Aizoaceae
Carpobrotus aequilaterus

Citation: N.E. Br., J. Bot.,Lond. 66:324 (1928).

Synonymy: Mesembryanthemum aequilaterum Haw., Obs. Mesembryanthemum 390 (1794); M. aequilaterale Willd., Sp. Pl. 2:1051 (1800); C. aeqilateralis (Willd.)J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 56:40 (1932).

Common name: Angled pigface, Chilean pigface.

Stems to c. 2 m long, 2-10 mm thick; leaves dull-green to glaucous, about equilateral near the middle, margins and keel smooth or slightly crenulate towards the tip, 3.5-9 cm long, 5-12 mm wide.

Flowers c. 3.5-8 cm diam.; peduncles 5-40 mm long; ovary compressed-turbinate; perianth to c. 5 cm long, the larger more or less denticulate on the keel; petaloid staminodes 70-150, light-purple, sometimes pale towards the base, streaked when dry over most of the width; stamens usually 250-400; styles 7-11.

Fruit purple, obovoid to ellipsoid, 15-30 mm long; seeds 1-1.4 mm long.

image of FSA1_Carpobrotus_aeq.jpg Flower, section through ovary and fruit.
Image source: fig. 106 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Many records for S.Aust. have been based on misidentifications, usually of C. rossii, but a few probably reliable records do exist for the EP and SL regions.

  N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Native to Chile; naturalised in North America and New Zealand.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.

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