J. Bot. Agric. 3: 228 (1816) APNI
Annual with slender, branching taproot; hairs dense, soft, eglandular, 2–3 mm long. Stems erect or ascending, 10–12 cm long. Leaves sessile, obovate-spathulate to ovate-elliptic, 10–14 mm long, 3–7 mm wide, more or less obtuse. Inflorescence profuse, more or less dense; bracts entirely herbaceous. Flowers 5-merous; pedicels about equalling calyx, more or less densely retrorse-villous; calyx densely eglandular-pilose, sepals oblong-anceolate to lanceolate, 5–6 mm long, acute, herbaceous or margins narrowly scarious; petals minutely auriculate at base, c. half the length of sepals, styles 5. Capsule straight, c. 7 mm long, teeth very short, truncate; seeds chestnut-brown, minutely striate-tuberculate, 0.5–0.8 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.
*CVU, *Gold, *HNF, *VVP, *WPro. Native to eastern Mediterranean region. An apparently rare weed, confined in Australia to Victoria where recorded from only c. 6 localities.
This taxon has been treated frequently as a subspecies of Cerastium illyricum Ard. but is now considered sufficiently distinct to warrant species rank (Greuter et al. 1984; Sell & Whitehead 1993).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|