Sanguisorba minor Scop.

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect herb to 1 m high; stems greenish-yellow to purplish, glabrous to sparsely pilose. Leaves 8–30 cm long; leaflets 9–21, ovate, 5–30 mm long, subsessile or on small petiolules to 2 mm long, glabrous on upper surface, a few scattered hairs on lower surface, sometimes purplish (especially towards margins), occasionally glaucous below, margins deeply toothed; stipules leaf-like, stem-clasping, toothed, c. 15 mm long. Inflorescence globose to ovoid, elongating somewhat at fruiting, 0.5–1.5 cm long, on peduncles 5–20 cm long. Female flowers above male flowers. Sepals 4, ovate-oblong, 2–4 mm long, green, margins whitish or pink to purple; stamens 4–many, exserted by up to 1 mm from sepals. Fruiting hypanthium usually 4-ribbed or winged, warty or ridged between ribs, immature fruit yellow and red-brown, mature fruit brown, 3–4 mm long. 

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *OtR, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP.

Five subspecies are sometimes recognised. However, boundaries between most are poorly defined. Victorian plants generally conform to either S. minor subsp. muricata or S. minor subsp. magnolii.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-01-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Sanguisorba
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sanguisorba minor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sanguisorba minor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory