Calandrinia calyptrata Hook.f.

Pink Purslane

Icon. Pl. 3, t. 296 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, often reddish annual, stems to c. 15(–c. 30) cm long, simple or few-branched. Leaves basal and at least on lower part of flowering stems, narrowly obovate to oblong, often semi-terete, the largest 1–4 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous. Cymes elongating, c. 3–10-flowered; bracts opposite; pedicels 2–5 mm long at anthesis, elongating to c. 1 cm in fruit; sepals broadly ovate, 2–3 mm long, acute (rarely obtuse), persistent; petals 5, not or barely exceeding sepals, pale pink; stamens 5–7; style trifid to base. Capsule ovoid, 2.5–3.5(–4) mm long, pale, splitting to c. midway or slightly below into 3 valves; seeds 10–20, almost circular, c. 0.7 mm diam., shining red-brown to blackish, virtually smooth. Flowers mainly Sep.–Nov.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread on sandy soils, and on ledges and in crevices of rock outcrops in drier districts, sometimes occurring with C. eremaea. Occasionally coastal.

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.
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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 calyptrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia calyptrata 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
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory