Round-leaved Pigface (Disphyma crassifolium)


Family: Aizoaceae

Habitat: Saline areas, flats, between dunes

Flowering Time: Spring and Summer

Kaurna name: Ngangki

Description and uses: 

Round-leaved Pigface (Disphyma crassifolium) is often mistaken for Pigface (Carpobrotus rossii) which is fairly similar. 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-leafed 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.

Round-leaved Pigface is a relative of other edible, coastal plants covered in this blog. These plants include Pigface, Ice Plants and Bower Spinach.

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