Calandrinia corrigioloides F.Muell. ex Benth.

Strap Purslane

Fl. Austral. 1: 175 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Prostrate annual, stems to c. 25 cm long, usually narrowly branched. Leaves basal and on flowering stems, oblong to obovate, the largest 0.5–2.5 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous. Flowers usually numerous, ±clustered in compact cymes; bracts solitary, the larger leaf-like; pedicels to c. 1 mm long, not or barely elongating but often recurving in fruit; sepals broad-elliptic, obtuse to truncate, c. 1 mm long at anthesis, enlarging to c. 2.5 mm in fruit, persistent; petals 4 or 5, barely exceeding sepals, white or pale pink, often cohering over the ovary after anthesis and weakly adherent as a ‘cap’ over the elongating fruit; stamens 3 or 4; style trifid to base. Capsule cylindric, about twice as long as sepals, pale, splitting to about midway into 3 valves; seeds 1–3, (rarely 4), circular to broadly elliptic, c. 1 mm diam., shining black, virtually smooth with faint concentric patterning. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

GipP, LoM, MuM, RobP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA. Occurs on sand-dunes and sandstone outcrops in mallee country of the north-west, with an extraordinary disjunct occurrence at Wilsons Promontory, near the mouth of Darby River. Often abundant following fire, otherwise rather uncommon.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2020-02-04
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calandrinia corrigioloides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia corrigioloides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales