Lens Pigface
Flower, above, size
Lens Pigface (Carpobrotus sp)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Vines     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Ice Plant (Aizoaceae)
Species: Lens Pigface (Carpobrotus sp)
This Photo:     🔍Flower, profile, the calyx🔎
Other name: Pig Face

Thank you Ralph Foster for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Large triangular, green to purple, succulent, vertical leaves.
Brilliant purple flower with white centre.
Sprawling habit that can completely cover square metres of ground.
We thought this was C. modestus, but recently found an SA factsheet that indicates that the size of flower for C. modestus <= 20mm (ours are >35mm) and that C. modestus has 20-80 stamen (ours have 100-600) are diagnostic. This factsheet points to Carpobrotus rossii; so we renamed our species as this.
Ralph then highlighted to us that the inland specimens of C. rossii are probably going to all be renamed; currently an undescribed species labelled Carpobrotus sp. Short calyx. Research is still ongoing to described them and provide morphological differences to separate out the two species.

Copyright © 2015-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-Sep-2015
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)