Scleranthus diander R.Br.

Tufted Knawel

Prodr. 412 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Lax, decumbent, perennial with woody base; stems to 10 cm long, usually glabrous. Leaves 3–7 mm long, 0.2–0.7 mm wide, thickened towards apex, keeled, glabrous; apex mucronate with mucro 0.2–0.9 mm long; margin very narrow, scarious, papillose and appearing denticulate. Inflorescence a sessile cluster of many sessile flowers; peduncle elongating to 2.2(–3.8) mm in fruit; bracts papillose and glabrous; pedicels absent, obscure, or to 0.7 mm long. Sepals 5, transversely triangular to ovate, (0.5–) 1–2 mm long, 0.3–1.2(–1.6) mm wide, overlapping at base, margin scarious, midrib keeled; stamens 2, enclosed within the calyx, caducous. Fruit ribbed, 10-nerved, 2.2–3.5 mm long, 0.7–1.5 mm wide. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

EGU, Glep, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also SA (near Penola only), NSW, Tas. Mostly in montane grassland and open woodlands above 500 m, often in stony soils.

Source: Cowley, K.J.; West, J.G. (1996). Scleranthus. 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 Scleranthus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Scleranthus diander in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scleranthus diander in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Otway Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory