in Poir., Encycl. 5: 23 (1804) APNI
Perennial with woody taproot; more or less pubescent. Stems prostrate, much-branching from base, to 27 cm long, internodes more or less retrorse-puberulent. Leaves sessile, linear-oblong or elliptic to oblanceolate, to 8.5 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, acute, mucronate, densely scabrid-strigose; stipules acuminate, c. half the length of leaves. Inflorescence profuse, pseudo-axillary; bracts acuminate, usually not concealing flowers. Flowers 1.5–1.75 mm long; pedicels very short; calyx more or less chestnut-brown, glabrous or rarely sparsely ciliate near base, sepals obovate-oblong, strongly hooded, 1–1.4 mm long, with narrow membranous margins and slender, smooth, spreading awn 0.4–0.8 mm long; petals absent. Achene sub-globose, c. 1 mm long; seeds reddish-brown, more or less glossy, finely punctate, 0.7–0.8 mm diam. Flowers mainly Aug.–Mar.
*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *MuF, *MuM, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, Norfolk Is., Macquarie Is., South Africa. Native to Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay. Widespread weed of disturbed soils, lawns and waste ground.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||introduced|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|