Beitr. Naturk. 7: 144 (1792) APNI
Stout annual or biennial. Stems erect, branched dichotomously above, puberulent or hispid-pubescent, 15–45(–70) cm high. Leaves 30–60 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, white-villose; basal leaves petiolate, petioles 10–20 mm long, spath-ulate to lanceolate; upper leaves sessile, lanceolate. Inflorescence racemose, branches 5–10-flowered, spreading or drooping; bracts small with scarious margins, at least basally. Pedicels very short. Calyx ovoid-oblong in fruit, not inflated, 7–17 mm long, 10-veined, veins green, puberulent between; calyx lobes ovate-lanceolate, acute. Petal-limb white or pink, deeply bifid, 4–8 mm long. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid, 10–14 mm long; carpophore 1.5–4 mm long, glabrous. Seeds reniform, blackish-brown, tuberculate, 1–1.4 mm long Flowers Nov.–Apr.
*MuM, *VRiv. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to southern and south-eastern Europe, western and south-western Asia. Recently collected in Victoria from sandy mallee in the Sunset Country just east of the South Australian border.
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