Spergularia media (L.) C.Presl

Greater Sea-spurrey

Fl. Sicul. 161 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial; rootstock woody, branching; stems 5–40 cm long. Leaves flattened, acute to shortly awned, hardly fasciculate, 10–25(–50) mm long, (0.8–)1–1.5(–2) mm wide, glabrous or upper leaves glandular-hairy; stipules not acuminate, 2.5–6 mm long, connate for more than half their length. Inflorescence lax, dichasial; pedicels reflexed or not, much longer than sepals, glabrous or glandular-hairy. Flowers (7.5–)10–13 mm diam.; sepals (3–)4–5(–6) mm long, glabrous or glandular-hairy with hairs 0.25–0.4 mm long; petals usually slightly exceeding sepals, white, rose-pink or lilac; stamens (0–)9 or 10(–11), with 0–10 staminodes. Capsules ovoid-oblong, 1–2.5(–6) mm longer than sepals; seeds 0.6–1.1 mm long, smooth to minutely tuberculate, red-brown, scariously winged or occasionally unwinged, the wing-margin entire to more or less denticulate. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*Brid, *CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *LoM, *MuM, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised SA< Qld, NSW. Native of Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Coastal and inland saline habitats.

Source: Adams, L.G.; West, J.G. (1996). Spergularia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Spergularia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergularia media in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia media in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales