Australian Native Plants

  Carpobrotus glaucescens (Pigface)


Carpobrotus glaucescens photo
Carpobrotus glaucescens flower

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Carpobrotus glaucescens photo
Carpobrotus glaucescens

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Carpobrotus glaucescens photo
Carpobrotus glaucescens

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



PIGFACE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Carpobrotus glaucescens in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Pigface

Other Names
Coastal Noonflower

Description
Pigface is a succulent prostrate creeper with thick fleshy leaves that are 4-8 cm long, 8-17 mm wide and triangular in cross-section.
The leaves range from bright green to green with tinges of red along the edges and are opposite.
The plant's flowers, which are white at the base, range from pink to purple and contain numerous petals.
The flowers bloom mostly between March and August.
In February, the plant produces red, succulent fruit with 2 horns.
Pigface can be established by using seed or cuttings.
It is not commonly found within the central saltmarsh, but more likely on the edge of saltmarsh on sandy substrates.
The plant is useful for sandy foredune stabilisation.

Habitat
edge of saltmarsh on sandy substrates.

Distribution
Pigface is found in eastern New South Wales, and in south-east Queensland north to Mackay.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 0.1m - 0.15m
Spread: 2m - 3m



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Aizoaceae
Genus:Carpobrotus
Species:glaucescens
Common Name:Pigface


Relatives in same Genus
  Carpobrotus rossii