Taxon 53: 725 (2004) APNI
Erect or ascending annual, 4–40 cm high, often greyish. Main stem(s) with 3–5 internodes below lowermost branch. Basal leaves present or absent, oblanceolate, obovate or elliptic, 10–25(–40) mm long, 3–6(–15) mm wide, usually smaller toward and within inflorescence. Inflorescence spike-like, simple or branched (sometimes reduced to a single flower), usually leafy throughout. Flowers sessile (rarely shortly pedicellate) between paired floral leaves; calyx-lobes 5–6 mm long; corolla pink or magenta (rarely white), tube 6–10 mm long, lobes 2.5–3.5(–5) mm long; anthers 1.5–2.5 mm long; ovary 4–7 mm long. Capsule c. 8–10 mm long; seeds c. 0.3 mm diam., alveolate, blackish. Flowers Nov.–Mar.
Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim, *EGL, *WaP. Widespread but scattered through most of State, common on heavy soils around lakes (often saline), seasonally inundated ground and some near-coastal areas.
A variable species in need of revision. Victorian (and Australian) occurrences may represent plants of both indigenous and introduced heritage. Apparent hybrids with Centaurium erythraea have been noted where both species are present.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||introduced|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|