Boerhavia coccinea Mill.

Scarlet Spiderling

Gard. Dict. no., edn 8, 4 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial herb, prostrate to decumbent; taproot thick and fleshy; stems to c. 80 cm long, usually densely hairy, with long multicellular hairs and scattered glandular hairs. Leaves elliptic to ovate, 0.5–6 cm long, 0.5–4 cm wide, sparsely to moderately hairy on upper surface, lower surface often red-dotted (at least when dry) with viscid exudate, and moderate to dense covering of multicellular hairs; margins sinuate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, simple or branched; peduncles 0.5–3 cm long; flowers subsessile, in small umbels of 3­–10 flowers; petaloid part of perianth c. 2 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, pink, obscurely 5- or 10-lobed; stamens usually 3, c. 1.5 mm long; style longer than stamens. Fruit (anthocarp) fusiform or narrowly clavate, 5-ribbed, 3–4 mm long, covered with glandular hairs. Flowers Nov.–Apr.

MuM, MSB. WA (native and naturalised), NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Confined to sandy rises in north-western Victoria at Lake Powell, Hattah Lakes, Mildura, and Neds Corner Station.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-03-16
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-29
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Nyctaginaceae
genus Boerhavia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales