Herniaria cinerea DC.

Hairy Rupture-wort

in Lam., Fl. Franç. 6: 375 (1815) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender taproot; shortly patent-hispid. Stems prostrate, greyish or light green, 1–20 cm long. Leaves more or less sessile, upper often alternate, obovate-elliptic to oblanceolate, 3–10 mm long, 0.6–2.5 mm wide, ciliate; stipules broad to very broad, scarious, ciliate. Inflorescence clusters more or less globular, leaf-opposed or contiguous, 6–12-flowered; bracts scarious, ciliate. Flowers 1–1.5 mm long, pedicel very short to absent; sepals unequal, more or less concavo-convex, green, 1–1.5 mm long, more or less densely bristly, at least the lower bristles uncinate; petals white, minute, filiform; stamens 2(–4). Achene ovoid-globose, 0.6–0.8 mm long; seeds dark reddish-brown, 0.5–0.7 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Jan.

*LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean area, south-western Asia. Ephemeral weed, usually on poor sandy or clayey soils in arid areas.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. 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 Herniaria
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Herniaria cinerea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Herniaria cinerea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales