Boerhavia dominii Meikle & Hewson


Fl. Austral. 4: 318 (1984) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial prostrate herb with a thick fleshy taproot; stems to c. 50 cm long, glabrous or with sparse papillose hairs. Leaves ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, 15–40 mm long, 3–20 mm wide, sparsely papillate on upper surface, lower surface often red-dotted (at least when dry) with viscid exudate; margins often slightly undulate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal, simple or branched; peduncles 1–6 cm long; flowers subsessile, in umbels of 2–6; petaloid part of perianth c. 2 mm long, 3 mm wide, pale pink to mauve, obscurely 5-lobed; stamens 2–4, 1–2 mm long; style shorter than to subequal to stamens. Fruit (anthocarp) obovoid or clavoid, 5-ribbed, 2–4 mm long, covered with short, viscid-glandular hairs. Flowers Dec.–Apr.

CVU, EGU, GipP, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. All mainland states. Locally common on clay and alluvial soils within the Murray River flood zone downstream from c. Yarrawonga, with isolated records from Donald and Suggan Buggan. Occasionally weedy and collected once (1984) from a creekbank in suburban Essendon.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Nyctaginaceae. 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
family Nyctaginaceae
genus Boerhavia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Boerhavia dominii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Boerhavia dominii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales