One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A succulent creeping plant with bright flowers, related to Hottentot fig.
Genera Carpobrotus and Disphyma (both formerly Mesembryanthemum), family Aizoaceae
- ‘In more stable parts of the dune the native Australian Pigface, Carpobrotus glaucescens is able to take hold.’
- ‘Introduced Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis) is a threat to native vegetation.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: named with reference to the large pink flowers.
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