Spergularia diandra (Guss.) Heldr.

Lesser Sand-spurrey

Pl. Atticae 1848 (1851)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual, often mat-forming; taproot slender; stems slender c. 5–15 cm long, usually glabrous below inflorescence. Leaves linear-filiform, mucronate to shortly awned, sparsely fasciculate, hardly fleshy, 10–20(–35) mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, glabrous; stipules hardly acuminate, 1.5–2.5(–3) mm long, connate for c. one-third their length, hardly silvery. Inflorescence few–many-flowered, lax, very shortly cymose; pedicels not reflexed, filiform, c. twice length of sepals, glandular-hairy. Flowers 5–6 mm diam.; sepals 2.5–3 mm long, green or purplish, with more or less dense glandular hairs 0.1–0.2 mm long; petals usually shorter than sepals, pale to bright rose-pink, the tip darker; stamens 2–3, rarely more. Capsules subglobose, c. equalling sepals; seeds 0.45–0.5 mm long, more or less smooth, tuberculate or fine-papillose, grey-brown to blackish, obscurely metallic-iridescent, unwinged. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

*HNF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean region, Asia Minor, Middle East. A rather uncommon ephemeral weed, mostly in damp, clayey or sandy, salt-affected or calcareous soils.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Spergularia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Spergularia diandra in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia diandra in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales