Scleranthus minusculus F.Muell.

Cushion Knawel

Victorian Naturalist 7: 66 (1890) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Lax, decumbent or procumbent annual with non-woody base; stems to 7 cm long, glabrous. Leaves 5–12(–14) mm long, (0.4–)0.5–1.2 mm wide, thickened towards apex, keeled, glabrous; apex mucronate with mucro 0.2–0.6 mm long; margin very narrow, scarious, sparsely papillose. Inflorescence a sessile cluster of (2–)3–7 shortly pedicellate flowers; bracts glabrous and with few sparse papillae; pedicels up to 1.6(–2.8) mm long, increasing to 2.5 mm in fruit. Sepals 5, narrowly triangular to lanceolate, 1.2–3.3 mm long, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, overlapping at base, margin scarious, midrib keeled; stamens 2, enclosed within the calyx, caducous. Fruit with ribs obscure to distinct, 10-nerved, 0.8–3.8 mm long, 3.2–6.1 mm wide, sepals outspreading. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Grows in semi-arid sand hills of Murray Mallee and open woodland systems.

Source: Cowley, K.J.; West, J.G. (1996). Scleranthus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Scleranthus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Scleranthus minusculus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scleranthus minusculus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales