Calandrinia volubilis Benth.

Twining Purslane

Fl. Austral. 1: 174 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Twining annual or perennial with a thickened, sometimes almost tuberous taproot, stems ascending to c. 50 cm, simple or few-branched. Leaves all basal or within lower few cm of stems, linear to narrowly obovate or clavate, the largest 1.5–6 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, sessile, glabrous. Flowers rather distant on flexuose, twining scapes; bracts mostly opposite; pedicels typically 3–5 mm long at anthesis, elongating to c. 1 cm or more and up-curved in fruit; sepals broadly ovate or obovate, 2–3.5 mm long, broadly rounded or truncate, persistent; petals 5, 5–6 mm long, pale pink; stamens 5–8; style trifid to base. Capsule narrowly ovoid, 4.5–7.5 mm long, pale, splitting almost to base into 3 valves; seeds c. 30–40, c. reniform, 0.5–0.7 mm long, dark brown, papillate in close regular rows. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP. Also SA, NSW. Largely restricted in Victoria to the far north-west in samphire and saltbush communities on saline flats and around salt lakes.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Portulacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-05-15
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Montiaceae
genus Calandrinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calandrinia volubilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia volubilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales