Contr. Queensland Herb. 7: 30 (1969) APNI
Stems to c. 50 cm long, 3–8(–14) mm diam. Leaves 3–7(–12) cm long, 4–9(–13) mm thick, glaucous, often tinged pink, mostly slightly thicker than wide near the middle, faces flat to slightly convex, the keel smooth or crenulate near the apex. Flowers mostly c. 2(–5) cm diam., subsessile (or with pedicel to c. 3 cm long); calyx tube oblong or slightly tapered to base, slightly compressed, acutely 2-angled toward base, slightly expanded near apex; sepals 5, rarely 4, the 2 longest 8–18 mm long, keels smooth; petaloid staminodes c. 45–60, 6–12(–23) mm long, in 3 series, light purple merging to white at and near base, streaked brown close to the midline when dry; stamens c. 20–100(–300), in 1–3 series; ovary flat on top; styles 6–10, united into a column for c. 0.5 mm at base. Fruit narrowly ellipsoid to obovoid, slightly compressed, weakly 2-angled, 1.5–2 cm long. Flowers mainly Sep.–Feb.
CVU, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuM, MSB, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, ?NSW. Not uncommon on shallow, often rocky soils and deeper mallee sands in drier areas in the west of the State.
Plants with measurements outside the normal range (bracketed in the above description) and with c. 200-300 stamens have been collected near Mildura. It is possible that these represent a distinct undescribed taxon, are the result of hybridization (with e.g. C. aequilaterus), or represent a polyploid race of C. modestus. They have been referred to in various treatments as Carpobrotus aff. rossii (N.W. Victoria).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|New South Wales|