Carpobrotus aequilaterus (Haw.) N.E. Br.
Carpobrotus aequilateralis (Willd.) J.M. BlackCarpobrotus disparilis N.E. Br.Mesembryanthemum aequilaterale Willd.Mesembryanthemum aequilaterale Willd. var. decagynum Haw. ex DC.Mesembryanthemum aequilaterum Haw.Mesembryanthemum edule var. aequilaterum (Haw.) MossMesembryanthemum equilaterum Haw., orth. var.
angled pig face, angled pigface, angular pigface, Chilean pigface, ice plant, pigface, sea fig
This species is thought to have originated in southern Africa (or possibly South America).
This widely naturalised species is mainly found in the coastal districts of southern Australia. It is sparingly naturalised in south-eastern Queensland, naturalised in the coastal and sub-coastal districts of eastern New South Wales, widely naturalised in southern Western Australia (i.e. from Shark Bay to Esperance), naturalised mainly in the coastal districts of Victoria and naturalised in Tasmania.
Also naturalised in New Zealand.
Angled pigface (Carpobrotus aequilaterus) is a creeping (i.e. prostrate), fleshy (i.e. succulent), garden escape that mainly invades coastal habitats (e.g. sand dunes and coastal shrublands) and occasionally also sandy sites in inland areas. It is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
It is similar to several other native pigfaces (Carpobrotus spp., Sarcozona praecox and Disphyma crassifolium), and may also hybridise with some of them (e.g. Carpobrotus rossii).