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Inland Pigface

Perennial succulent with trailing stems to 50 cm long, which often root at the nodes. Leaves opposite, generally 3-7 cm long and 4-9 mm thick (often thicker than wide), glaucous (blue-green with a whitish bloom) but sometimes tinged pink, smooth and triangular with more or less flat (slightly concave) faces and sharp angles.

 

Flowers are about 2 cm diameter when open and of numerous linear light purple petals which merge to white at their bases. The fruit is fig-like, fleshy and indehiscent, slightly compressed and oblong to ellipsoid in shape, 1.5-2 cm long and purplish in colour. Flowers in spring and summer.

 

Not uncommon on shallow, rocky or deep sandy soils in Mallee communities of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Also found in western and central districts of Victoria.

 

Both the fruit and leaves were used as a food source by indigenous Australians.

 

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Taken on December 19, 2010