Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 28: 288 (1901) APNI
Perennial with woody taproot; more or less pubescent. Stems prostrate, much-branching from base, 15–35 cm long, internodes often glabrous. Leaves sessile, elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, 4–10 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, rather thick, acute, mucronate, ciliate to appressed-pubescent; stipules acuminate, often clasping internodes, up to 6 mm long, 2.3 mm wide. Inflorescence densely congested with age, more or less concealed by foliage; bracts acuminate, usually not concealing flowers. Flowers 1.7–1.8 mm long; pedicels very short or absent; calyx pale yellowish- or greenish-brown, sparsely pubescent above, occasionally glabrous, sepals oblong, weakly hooded, 1.2–1.4 mm long, with narrow membranous margins and short, slender, erect or suberect awn 0.4–0.6 mm long; petals absent. Achene subglobose, c. 1.3 mm long; seeds reddish-brown, more or less glossy, finely punctate, 1–1.2 mm diam. Flowers mainly Oct.–Jan.
*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also reported once as naturalised in NSW but now presumed extinct there. Native to Chile. A localized weed of disturbed and waste ground.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|