Cressa australis R.Br.

Prodr. 490 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Deeply taprooted subshrub, prostrate, or with erect and diffuse branches to 20 cm tall, greyish appressed-pubescent. Leaves ovate or lanceolate to elliptic, 2–8 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute, appressed-hairy, sessile or shortly petiolate. Sepals obovate, 3.5–5 mm long, obtuse, appressed-hairy; corolla 4–6 mm long, white to pink, lobes ovate to oblong-ovate; staminal filaments 2.5–3 mm long, attached 2–3 mm above base of the corolla; styles 3–5 mm long, sparsely hairy. Capsule c. 5 mm long. Flowers mainly spring and summer (but spasmodic throughout the year).

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Confined in Victoria to the north-west, in swampy saline areas or beds of temporary lakes and floodplains, usually on heavy soils.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Convolvulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Cressa cretica L.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
genus Cressa
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales