Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tender annual herb with erect flowering stems to c. 50 cm high. Rosette leaves with lamina ± rhombic to angular-elliptic, c. 1–4 cm long and wide, soon withering, petioles narrow, to c. 25 cm long; involucre of connate stem-leaves ± circular, bowl-like, 1.5–8 cm diam. Inflorescence usually 2–10 cm long, 7–many-flowered, simple or few-branched, with 1–few leaf-like bracts toward the base. Sepals ovate, c. 2 mm long at anthesis, enlarging to 3–4 mm in fruit, shortly united at base, rounded at apex; petals 2–5 mm long, white or pink; style cleft to about midway. Capsule subequal to sepals, splitting to below midway; seeds 3 per capsule, elliptic, 1.5–2 mm long, blackish, shining, almost smooth, with a whitish aril c. 0.3 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *Gold. An occasional weed of moist, often rocky areas in bushland (e.g. Castlemaine, Harcourt) and sometimes heavily infesting damp farmland areas (e.g. St Arnaud, Casterton, Beaufort, Woodend, Alexandra districts).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-09-19
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Claytonia perfoliata subsp. perfoliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

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