Nov. Sp. Pl. Ind. Or. 219 (1821)
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)
Erect, simple or few-branched annual, mostly 6–40 cm high; stems with a mixture of simple and glandular hairs, at least when young. Leaves subsessile, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 7–18 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide; margins serrulate, at least toward apex. Flowers shortly pedicellate, densely clustered in axils; sepals 5, narrow, acuminate, c. 1.5–2.5 mm long, midrib thickened, green, slightly keeled, margins thin, minutely serrulate or ciliate, often purplish; petals sub-equal to sepals, white or tinged pink, membranous; stamens and styles each 5. Capsule globular, dark reddish, slightly shorter than perianth. Seeds cylindric, c. 0.4 mm long, virtually smooth. Flowers Dec.–Apr.
MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. All mainland States. Also Africa, Asia. Rare in Victoria, apparently now confined to the far north-west (Hattah Lakes and Mildura areas), collected from Lake Hindmarsh and near Dimboola late last century. Usually occurs on recently inundated sandy soil beside lakes, rivers and billabongs.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|New South Wales|