Spergularia bocconei (Scheele) Graebn.

Syn. Mitteleur. Fl. 5: 849 (1919) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised


Included in the previous Flora of Victoria treatment under the orthographic variant S. bocconii (Scheele) Graebn.

Annual or biennial; taproot slender; stems slender, prostrate to erect, 5–20(–30) cm long, glabrous only below. Leaves linear, mucronate or shortly awned, not fasciculate, fleshy, 10–30(–45) mm long, 0.4–1 mm wide; upper leaves more or less glandular-hairy; stipules not acuminate, 1.5–4 mm long, connate for less than half their length, dull-white, not silvery. Inflorescence often dense, with branches monochasial and racemose; pedicels not reflexed, filiform, mostly shorter than or equalling sepals and capsules, densely glandular-hairy. Flowers 6–10 mm diam.; sepals (2–)2.5–3.5(–5) mm long, green or purplish, the dense glandular hairs (0.15–)0.3–0.4(–0.5) mm long; petals usually shorter than sepals, white, or rose-pink inside; stamens (0–)2–5(–10). Capsules ovoid to subglobose, equalling or slightly longer than sepals; seeds 0.35–0.6 mm long, smooth to finely papillose, light grey-brown, unwinged. Flowers mostly Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *LoM, *MuM, *MSB, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to western Europe and the Mediterranean region. A weed of gravelly, sandy or clayey, often salt-affected soils.

Very closely related to Spergularia rubra and difficult to distinguish without flowers and/or ripe capsules and seeds.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-12
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 bocconei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia bocconei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory