Spergula arvensis L.

Corn Spurrey

Sp. Pl. 440 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender to robust taproot; weakly to strongly glandular-pubescent. Stems decumbent to ascending, geniculate, 7–40 cm long. Leaves sessile, narrow-linear, 10–30 mm long, 0.3–0.8 mm wide, obtuse, fleshy, margins strongly revolute; stipules small, scarious, often caducous. Inflorescence branching, paniculate. Flowers 4–7 mm diam.; pedicels glandular-puberulent, 4–20 mm long, often strongly deflexed after flowering; calyx more or less glandular-hairy, sepals ovate, obtuse, with narrow scarious margins, 3–5 mm long; petals obovate, obtuse, white, slightly longer than sepals; stamens 5–10. Capsule ovoid-conical, up to twice sepal length; seeds blackish, usually sparsely white-papillose, 1.2–1.5 mm diam., keeled or very narrowly winged. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *OtP, *OtR, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe, northern Asia. A weed of disturbed, often sandy soils predominantly in temperate regions.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Spergula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergula arvensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergula arvensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory