Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz. & Pav.) DC.

Prodr. 3: 359 (1828) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Prostrate to ascending annual, stems to c. 30 cm long, simple or few-branched. Leaves basal and on flowering stems, obovate to narrowly rhombic, at least the lower usually petiolate; the largest with lamina 1–5 cm long, 3–10 mm wide, glabrous or with scattered papilliform hairs. Flowers few–several per branch; bracts paired or solitary, some leaf-like; pedicels mostly 1–2 cm long, slightly more in fruit; sepals ovate, 4–8 mm long, acute, glabrous or slightly hairy, persistent; petals 5, 7–12 mm long, purple to red; stamens c. 12; style trifid to c. midway. Capsule ovoid, 6–9 mm long, pale, splitting to base into 3 valves; seeds numerous, nearly circular to elliptic, 1–1.8 mm diam., shining black, virtually smooth. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*CVU, *DunT, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP. A troublesome weed of crops and pasture in the late 1800s and early 1900s, chiefly about Ballarat (with scattered records from e.g. Moyston, Ararat, Oxley, Plenty River gorge), but apparently now rather rare in this State, the only recent collections being from Harcourt near Castlemaine and near Linton.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Portulacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Calandrinia menziesii (Hook.) Torr. & A.Gray).
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Montiaceae
genus Calandrinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calandrinia ciliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia ciliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales