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Common name: Pigface, Iceplant
Carpobrotus glaucescens (Haw.) Schwantes APNI*
Synonyms: Mesembryanthemum aequilaterum Haw. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial with stems to 2 m long, on coastal sand dunes, usually very close to the sea.
Leaves 3.5–10 cm long, 9–15 mm wide, straight or slightly incurved, glaucous.
Flowers 4–6 cm diam., subsessile to shortly pedicellate. Perianth tube 15–25 mm long, 12–20 mm wide; lobes 5, the 2 longer 16–40 mm long. Petaloid staminodes c. 100–150 in 3 or 4 rows, 1.6–3 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, light purple, white at the base. Stamens c. 300–400 in 5 or 6 rows. Ovary 4–10-locular; styles 7–10.
Fruit 2–3 cm long, 1.6–2.4 cm wide, red to purple.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & J. Highet
Taxon concept: J. Venning (1984)
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