Samolus repens (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.) Pers.

Creeping Brookweed

Syn. Pl. 1: 171 (1805) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Creeping, procumbent or erect, glabrous herb, often rhizomatous or stoloniferous, sometimes rosetted at base; leafy stems to c. 40 cm long. Cauline leaves oblanceolate to obovate (rosette leaves, if present, often spathulate), ± sessile, 1–3 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, subfleshy, apex acute or obtuse. Flowers solitary in axils or in few-flowered corymbs; pedicels 0.5–4 cm long, each subtended by a slightly reduced leaf-like bract; calyx 3–5 mm long (to c. 6 mm in fruit), lobes acute, 2–4 mm long, erect; corolla lobes obovate, spreading, exceeding calyx by 2–4 mm, united in the lower third, white or pale pink; stamens and staminodes inserted at throat of corolla. Capsule somewhat woody, ovoid, c. 5 mm long. Flowers mainly summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, HNF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Locally abundant in saline and subsaline depressions and seepage zones, tidal fiats, lake margins, etc., usually on silty or clayey soils. Mostly near-coastal, but not uncommon in the Skipton-Lake Bolac areas, also Salt Lake near Mt Arapiles, Dimboola district, and an extraordinary occurrence at Lake Omeo, Benambra, at c. 750 m altitude.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Primulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Samolus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Samolus repens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Samolus repens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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