Spergularia rubra (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl

Red Sand-spurrey

Fl. Cech. 94 (1819) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual to short-lived perennial; taproot slender to woody; stems slender, prostrate to decumbent (3–)5–30 cm long, mostly glabrous. Leaves linear-filiform, with prominent awns to 0.5 mm long, strongly fasciculate, fleshy, 4–25 mm long, 0.4–1.2 mm wide, glabrous to glandular-hairy; stipules acuminate, (2.5–)3.5–5 mm long, longer than wide, connate for much less than half their length, conspicuously silvery. Inflorescence many-flowered, leafy, cymose; pedicels at first reflexed in fruit, finally spreading, filiform, longer than sepals, glandular-hairy. Flowers 3–5 mm diam., occasionally not opening; sepals 3–4(–5) mm long, green or purplish with basal dots absent or obscurely purplish-red, the dense glandular hairs 0.15–0.25(–0.4) mm long; petals 2.4–3.8 mm long, usually shorter than sepals, uniformly rose-pink or lilac; stamens (5–)10. Capsules ovoid, equalling or slightly exceeding sepals; seeds 0.4–0.6 mm long, rugulose-tuber-culate to finely papillose, dark red-brown to grey-brown, unwinged. Flowers Jan.–Apr., Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WPro, *Wim. Also States except NT. Native to and common throughout most of Europe. A widespread weed of disturbed sandy or gravelly soils, from near sea-level to alps, also on clay near waterholes in more arid regions.

Source: Adams, L.G.; West, J.G. (1996). Spergularia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-25
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergularia rubra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia rubra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present introduced

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory