Seeds of South Australia
Carpobrotus modestus (Aizoaceae)
Inland Pig-face
List of species for Carpobrotus
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Seed collecting:
November to January
Herbarium regions:
Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Southern Lofty, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Lucindale (NCP03)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Near Threatened   [Mallee species]
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Least Concern   [Mallee species]
Fleurieu (KAN02)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Near Threatened   [Found in plains mallee, overlooked, can withstand some disturbance, possibly Rare.]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Near Threatened   [Found in plains mallee, overlooked, can withstand some disturbance, possibly Rare.]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Near Threatened   [Found in plains mallee, overlooked, can withstand some disturbance, possibly Rare.]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern   [likes friable, sandy-loam soils]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern   [likes friable, sandy-loam soils]
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; likes mallee; lack of records]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03) 
 Near Threatened   [Mallee species]
Lowan Mallee (MDD04) 
 Least Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Least Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04)Gawler
 Data Deficient   [need to do more surveys]
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
2 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
Fleurieu (KAN02)KanmantooNear Threatened
  [edge of range]
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockNear Threatened
4 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
4 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaLeast Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04)GawlerData Deficient
  [need to do more surveys]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Carpobrotus]
Name derivation:
Carpobrotus from the Greek 'karpos' meaning fruit and 'brotos' meaning edible; referring to the succulent fruits which was eaten traditionally by Aboringinal people. Modestus means mild or modest; unsure what this is referring to.
Distribution:
Found in the southern part of South Australia, distinctly inland in distribution in comparison with the other species, growing on sandy or clay soils. Also found in Western Australia and Victoria.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Prostrate succulent perennial herb with stems to 35 cm long and 6 mm thick. Leaves glaucous or tinged reddish or brown to 70 mm long and 9 mm wide. Flowers 20 mm in diameter, sessile or subsessile, pink to purple-blue. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Large purple fleshy, ellipsoid to obovoid-oblong fruit to 20 mm long.
Seed type:
Flat brown reniform seed to 1.2 mm long and 0.7 mm wide, with a mesh-like surface.
Embryo type:
Peripheral.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits, those that are fat and turning red with brown seeds inside.
Seed cleaning:
Break open the fruits and wash the content in water. Drain the liquid leaving behind the seeds. Place the wet seeds onto paper towels and leave to dry. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily without any treatment.