Calandrinia granulifera Benth.

Pigmy Purslane

Fl. Austral. 1: 176 (1863) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Ascending to erect ephemeral, stems to c. 5 cm long. Leaves basal and on flowering stems, narrowly obovoid to almost globular, the largest to c. 1 cm long, 0.5 mm diam. Flowers up to c. 10 per branch; bracts alternate; pedicels to 2 mm long, erect and rather thick in fruit; sepals ovate, very thick, 1–2 mm long in flower, enlarging to 3–4 mm before falling; petals 5–7, 2–3.5 mm long, white to pale pink; stamens 5–10; style trifid to base. Capsule ovoid, somewhat 3-angled, 2–3 mm long, blackish, shining, splitting into 3 valves in the upper third; seeds numerous, obliquely obovate-cuneate, c. 0.5 mm long, red-brown, colliculate in several dorsal lines, almost smooth on sides. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread and seasonally common in the north-west, where occurring on dunes, or more commonly in sandy depressions. Occasional elsewhere (e.g. Grampians, Warby Ranges, Wedderburn areas), where sometimes associated with rock outcrops. Probably now extinct from You Yangs and St Kilda areas where collected pre-1900.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-11
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Montiaceae
genus Calandrinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calandrinia granulifera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia granulifera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales