Common names: Round-leaved Pigface, New Zealand Iceplant
Taxonomic name: Disphyma crassifolium
Habitat: Saline areas, flats, between dunes
Form: Sprawling succulent
Flowering Time: Spring and Summer
Kaurna name: Ngangki
Description and uses:
Round-leaved Pigface (Disphyma crassifolium) is sometimes mistaken for Pigface (Carpobrotus rossii) but when you compare the two, there’s no comparison.. It’s less common than Pigface in this area.
As its name suggests, its distinguishing feature is its round leaves. These help differentiate it from regular Pigface whose leaves are triangular in cross section.
Both plants have juicy, succulent leaves that can be eaten. Round-leaved Pigface leaves have a saltier tang and the plants don’t bear such a delicious fruit. It has become popular of late in trendy restaurants where it goes under the name ‘Beach Bananas’
You can gather it along the coast at any time of the year but it seems to get saltier in Summer when the flowers are blooming.