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

Angled Pigface

J. Bot. 66: 324 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems to c. 2 m long, 2–10 mm diam. Leaves 3.5–9 cm long, 5–12 mm thick, dull green or glaucous, sometimes slightly glossy, c. equilateral near the middle, faces flat or slightly convex, the keel smooth or denticulate toward apex. Flowers 3.5–8 cm diam.; pedicel 0.5–4 cm long; calyx tube turbinate, laterally compressed, sometimes keeled; sepals 5, the 2 longest mostly 1–5 cm long, sometimes with denticulate keels; petaloid staminodes c. 70–150, 10–35 mm long, in c. 3 series, light purple throughout, or pale near base, streaked brown (but not densely) when dry over the greater part; stamens c. 150–400, in 4–6 series; ovary slightly to distinctly convex on top; styles 7–11, free. Fruit obovoid to ellipsoid, distinctly 2-angled, 1.5–3 cm long. Flowers Sep.–Jan.(–Apr.).

*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *Strz, *VVP, *WPro. All States except NT. Native to South Africa. Planted for control of erosion of sandy and sometimes saline soils near the coast and inland, occasionally escaping, apparently well-established along the coast east of Port Phillip, but precise distribution unclear due to confusion with other species.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Aizoaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Aizoaceae
genus Carpobrotus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Carpobrotus aequilaterus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carpobrotus aequilaterus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory