Hemichroa pentandra R.Br.

Trailing Hemichroa

Prodr. 409 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate succulent, with branches to c. 20 cm long, arising from a woody rhizome. Stems white-pubescent on new growth, soon glabrous. Leaves alternate, sessile, with partly sheathing bases, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, 7–20 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, ± trigonous in section, concave on upper surface, glabrous, blunt or minutely apiculate at apex. Flowers sessile; bracteoles broadly ovate, 2–3 mm long; tepals narrowly ovate, 3.5–4.5 mm long, acute, white, cream or pink on inner surface; stamens 5, united on a shallow cup c. 0.5 mm high around ovary; style c. 1 mm long, bifid to about midway. Utricle ovoid, c. 2 mm long; seed vertical, flattened-ovoid to subreniform, 1–1.5 mm diam., blackish and shining. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, GipP, Glep, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Tas. Scattered, but locally common in coastal saltmarsh communities from the South Australian border to the Gippsland Lakes.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Amaranthaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Amaranthaceae
genus Hemichroa
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia