Glinus oppositifolius (L.) A.DC.

Slender Carpet-weed

Bull. Herb. Boissier, ser. 2, 1: 559 (1901) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, glabrous or glabrescent annual with stems to c. 30 cm long. Leaves opposite, or clustered, shortly petiolate, lamina obovate to oblanceolate, 4–20 mm long, 2–6 mm wide. Flowers in leaf-opposed clusters of c. 3–6. Perianth segments ovate, c. 3 mm long, ± glabrous, green, sometimes tinged pink; stamens 3–5, staminodes absent; styles 3. Capsule 3-locular, ellipsoid, ± equal to perianth segments. Seeds reniform, c. 0.5 mm long, red-brown and tuberculate in rows; caruncle slightly inflated. Flowers mainly Feb.–May.

CVU, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, Wim. All mainland States. South Africa, Asia. Rather uncommon in Victoria, occurring on drying beds of watercourses and lakes in Mildura, Hattah, Edenhope, and Tocumwal districts.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Molluginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Molluginaceae
genus Glinus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glinus oppositifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glinus oppositifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales