Herniaria

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual, rarely perennial, mat-forming herbs, glabrous or hairy. Leaves opposite, or the upper pseudo-alternate by abortion; stipules silvery-scarious; bracts small, scarious. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, 4(–5)-merous, unisexual or bisexual; sepals 5, free; petals minute, subulate, often absent; stamens 2–5; ovary 1-celled with 1 basal ovule, style 1, bifid above. Fruit an indehiscent achene enclosed by persistent calyx; seed 1, lenticular, smooth and glossy.

About 35 species in Europe and the Mediterranean region, south-western Asia and South Africa; 1 species naturalised 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
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genus Herniaria
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