Pax, Natürl. Pflanzenfam. III, lb:44 (1889).
Synonymy: -Sesuvium quadrifidum F. Muell., Rep. Babbage Exped. 1858 9 (1859); Aizoon quadrifidum (F. Muell.)F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 2:148 (1861); Gunniopsis quadrifaria (F. Muell.)Pax (1889) in error for quadrifida.
Common name: Sturts pigface.
Whitish-grey branched densely papillose woody perennials usually 30-40 cm high but occasionally to c. 1 m; leaves narrow-linear to terete, fleshy, often 10-30 mm long, 1-5 mm wide.
Flowers solitary, terminal or in the forks of the branches, on peduncles 5-25 mm long; perianth white inside, 10-20 mm long, often enlarging in fruit, the lobes lanceolate-acuminate, segments equal in length and free for at least half their length; stamens numerous, in 4 groups alternating with the perianth-segments; filaments terete, papillose.
Capsules turbinate-truncate, 5-15 mm diam., with 2-fid valves; seeds comma-shaped, convex on the sides, tuberculate, dark-brown.
Image source: fig. 113e in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 291.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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