Entry from British & World English dictionary
A succulent creeping plant with bright flowers, related to Hottentot fig.
- Genera Carpobrotus and Disphyma (both formerly Mesembryanthemum), family Aizoaceae.
- Several close relations occur in Australia, where they are generally known as ‘pigfaces ' (nothing to do with pigs or faces, it seems, but possibly a corruption of the Afrikaans name big-vys). Aborigines harvested the fruits of these.
- Introduced Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis) is a threat to native vegetation.
- In more stable parts of the dune the native Australian Pigface, Carpobrotus glaucescens is able to take hold.
Early 19th century: named with reference to the large pink flowers.
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