Lobularia maritima (L.) Desv.

Sweet Alyssum

J. Bot. (Desvaux) 3: 162 (1814) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Plant 5–40 cm high, ascending; hairs medifixed. Leaves subsessile, linear to linear-lanceolate, 2–4 cm long, margins entire. Sepals 1.5–2.5 mm long; petals 3–4 mm long, white, pink or purple. Fruit elliptic, obovate to almost circular, compressed, 2–4 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; valves convex, hairy; pedicels erect or spreading, 5–10 mm long; seed 1 per locule. Flowers autumn–spring.

*GipP, *OtP, *VVP, *WaP. Naturalized all States except NT, also naturalised New Zealand, North America, Europe. Native to Mediterranean and North Africa. A commonly cultivated border plant which occasionally escapes in coastal areas.

Characterized by its medifixed hairs, white, pink or purple flowers, and fruits that are less than 5 mm long, with the septum across broadest diam. and with 1-seeded locules.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. 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 Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Lobularia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lobularia maritima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lobularia maritima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory