Spergularia villosa (Pers.) Cambess.

Fl. Bras. Merid. 2: 129,178 (1830) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Perennial; rootstock more or less woody; stems robust, spreading to erect, 10–35 cm long, glabrous below, glandular-hairy above; internodes 5–10(–15) mm long. Leaves linear-filiform, prominently awned, densely fasciculate, 10–25 mm long, 0.4–0.8 mm wide; upper leaves glandular-hairy; stipules lanceolate, long-acuminate, (4–)6–8 mm long, shortly connate, more or less silvery. Inflorescence many-flowered but lax; pedicels reflexed in fruit, c. twice length of sepals, densely glandular-hairy. Flowers 8–10 mm diam.; sepals 4–4.5 mm long, green, with dense glandular hairs 0.15–0.25(–0.4) mm long, margins narrowly membranous; petals shorter than sepals, white; stamens (3–)8–10. Capsules narrow-ovoid, to 6 mm long, much longer than sepals; seeds 0.4–0.6 mm long, smooth or obscurely tuberculate, red-brown, scariously winged or occasionally unwinged (or wing vestigial), the wing margin more or less minutely erose-dentate. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

MuM, NIS, VRiv, Wim, *CVU, *Gold. Also SA (naturalised). Scattered in central and northern Victoria (e.g. Bendigo area, Glenrowan, St Arnaud, Puck-apunyal), sometimes a weed in pastures.

Specimens in Victoria are much more robust than those from Chile, as outlined by Rossbach (1940).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Spergularia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergularia villosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia villosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present uncertain
Wimmera present uncertain
Victorian Riverina present uncertain
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present uncertain

State distribution

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South Australia