Glinus lotoides L.

Hairy Carpet-weed

Sp. Pl. 463 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or procumbent annual with stems to c. 50 cm long, often greyish from the soft stellate indumentum. Leaves opposite, alternate or clustered, shortly petiolate, elliptic to broadly obovate, 8–25 mm long, 6–20 mm wide, upper surface sometimes glabrescent. Flowers in leaf-opposed clusters of up to c. 10. Perianth segments ovate, c. 7 mm long, pubescent on outer face, glabrous and yellowish within; stamens c. 8–20, often surrounded by a series of narrow, bifid stami-nodes; styles 5. Capsule 5-locular, narrowly ovoid, slightly shorter than perianth segments. Seeds c. reniform, c. 0.7 mm long, red-brown and tuberculate in rows; caruncle inflated and bladder-like. Flowers mainly Jan.–May.

CVU, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, Wim. All mainland States. Also native to Africa, warmer countries of Europe, and Asia. Occasional on drying lake-beds, billabongs and river flats in the north-west (e.g. Kerang, Hattah, Mildura) with a few scattered records elsewhere (e.g. Strathmerton, Lake Mokoan near Benalla, Lake Cope Cope, Warracknabeal areas).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Molluginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Molluginaceae
genus Glinus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glinus lotoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glinus lotoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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