Moenchia erecta (L.) al

Erect Chickweed

Oekon. Fl. Wetterau 1: 219 (1799) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual with fibrous roots; glabrous, glaucous. Stems slender, erect, with few ascending basal branches, 3–12 cm high. Basal leaves rosulate, shortly petiolate, soon withering; upper leaves sessile, linear-lanceolate to linear, 5–15 mm long, 0.7–2 mm wide, acute. Inflorescence lax, few-flowered. Flowers c. 8 mm diam.; pedicels rigidly erect, glabrous, 10–50 mm long; calyx glabrous, sepals lanceolate, acute, with broad, white-scarious margins, 4.5–7 mm long; petals white, two-thirds the length of sepals; styles 4. Capsule equalling or slightly longer than sepals, more or less cylindric, opening by 8 teeth; seeds reddish-brown, finely tuberculate, 0.5–0.7 mm diam. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to central and southern Europe. A widespread weed of disturbed soils in southern Australia.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-10-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Moenchia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Moenchia erecta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Moenchia erecta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool 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 naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory