Carpobrotus rossii (Haw.) Schwantes


Gartenflora 77: 68 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stems to c. 1 m long or more, 3–11 mm diam. Leaves 3.5–10 cm long, 6–11 mm thick, usually distinctly incurved, green to glaucous, usually thicker than wide near the middle, faces usually slightly convex, the keel smooth or crenulate on the incurved apical part. Flowers 3.5–5.5 cm diam.; pedicel mostly 1–3 cm long; calyx tube turbinate or oblong-turbinate, strongly compressed and acutely 2-angled toward base; sepals 5, rarely 4, the 2 longest 12–25 mm long, keels smooth or crenulate; petaloid staminodes c. 100–200, 20–27 mm long, in 2 or 3 series, light purple merging to white at and near base, streaked brown close to the midline when dry; stamens c. 100–250, in 3–4 series; ovary flat to convex on top; styles 6–10, free. Fruit globose-ellipsoid, slightly compressed, weakly 2-angled, 1.5–2.5 cm long. Flowers most of year.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also ?WA, SA, Tas. Rather common on dunes and cliffs along the Victorian coastline. Records from inland sites (e.g. Wando Vale) are based upon specimens of doubtful origin at MEL.

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.
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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 rossii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carpobrotus rossii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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Western Australia
South Australia