Spergula pentandra L.

Five-stamen Corn Spurrey

Sp. Pl. 440 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender taproot; glabrous or rarely sparsely pubescent. Stems erect to ascending, 5–30 cm high. Leaves sessile, linear, 5–25 mm long, 2 mm wide, margins not revolute; stipules small, scarious, often caducous. Inflorescence branching, paniculate. Flowers c. 4 mm diam.; pedicels 3–20 mm long, usually not strongly deflexed after flowering; calyx glabrous, sepals ovate, acute, with scarious margins, 3–4 mm long; petals lanceolate, acute, white, slightly longer than sepals; stamens usually 5. Capsule broad-ovoid, slightly exceeding the sepals; seeds blackish, not or rarely papillose, 0.8–1 mm diam. with white, shining wing c. width of seed. Flowers mainly spring.

*CVU, *Glep, *Gold, *MuF, *MuM, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NSW. Native to Europe. An uncommon weed of disturbed soils.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Spergula
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergula pentandra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergula pentandra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales