Montia fontana subsp. chondrosperma (Fenzl) Walters

Watsonia 3: 4 (1953) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Plants usually freely branching from base and above. Leaves oblanceolate to obovate, to 15 mm long, 4 mm wide. Flowers both solitary and in clusters. Sepals 1–1.8 mm long, petals 1.5–2 mm long. Mature capsules 1.5–2 mm long; seeds elliptic, 0.8–1.2 mm diam., ± evenly covered with circular to broadly elliptic, rounded tubercles. Flowers mainly Sep.–Dec.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. New Zealand, North and South America, Europe. Widespread in cooler areas of the State, growing in swamps and on seasonally wet ground. Although not uncommon in alps (e.g. Mts Buffalo, Howitt and Wellington areas) not recorded from the Baw Baws.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Portulacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Montia fontana subsp. chondrosperma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Montia fontana subsp. chondrosperma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory