Arenaria leptoclados (Rchb.) Guss.

Lesser Thyme-leaved Sandwort

Flor. Sicul. Syn. 2: 824 (1845) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with slender, branching taproot, minutely scabrous, often glandular-hairy above. Stems diffusely branched, lax or erect, 2–30 cm long. Basal leaves with petioles 1–2 mm long, cauline leaves sessile; lamina 1-veined, ciliate, 2–5 mm long, 2–2.5 mm wide. Inflorescence usually diffuse; bracts herbaceous. Flowers 3–5 mm diam.; pedicels 2–6 mm long, minutely scabrous, often glandular, more or less curved in fruit; calyx scabrous, sparsely glandular-puberulent, sepals lanceolate, acuminate, 3-veined, the inner with scarious margin, 2–3 mm long; petals white, ovate, half length of sepals. Capsule more or less conical above, thin-walled, 3–4 mm long, 1.2–1.4 mm diam; seeds black or dark red, more or less sharply tuberculate, 0.3–0.4 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

*Brid, *CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *NIS, *OtP, *SnM, *VAlp, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to Europe, western Asia. A common weed of disturbed, often sandy soils and rocky sites.

See note under A. serpyllifolia.

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.
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Arenaria
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arenaria leptoclados in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arenaria leptoclados in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory