Corrigiola litoralis L.


Sp. Pl. 271 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or rarely biennial with slender taproot; glaucous. Stems branching, 5–80 cm long. Leaves more or less sessile, linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, slightly fleshy, 5–30 mm long, 0.3–2.5 mm wide; stipules acuminate, denticulate. Inflorescence of dense terminal and axillary clusters. Flowers 1.5 mm diam.; pedicels with abscission joint near base, 0.2–1 mm long; calyx glabrous, sepals obtuse, green or red with broad white margins, c. 1 mm long; petals almost equalling sepals, white, often red-tipped. Capsule ovoid, obscurely trigonous, 2.5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide; seeds dark reddish-brown, finely striate-rugulose, 0.4–0.5 mm diam. Flowers Mar.–Jun.

*CVU, *EGL, *HSF, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA. Native to south-western Europe, North and East Africa, western Asia. A rare casual of waste ground in Victoria; a weed of damp, sandy places elsewhere in Australia. .

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Corrigiola
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Corrigiola litoralis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Corrigiola litoralis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

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Western Australia
New South Wales