Gypsophila tubulosa (Jaub. & Spach) Boiss.


Diagn. Pl. Orient. 11 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual; puberulent throughout and with long, glandular hairs mostly on the inflorescence. Stem erect, often branched from base, 5–20 cm high. Leaves sessile, linear-subulate, 5–15 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Inflorescence loose, usually many-flowered; bracts herbaceous; pedicels erect or spreading, 5–15 mm long; calyx tubular-campanulate, 4–7 mm long, with prominent green veins, calyx-lobes very short, broad-ovate, obtuse to subacute; petals linear-cuneate, 5–9 mm long, entire, emarginate or bilobed, pink with 3 darker veins; styles 2. Capsule ovoid or conical, longer than calyx, c. 4–5 mm long; seeds black, rostellate, bluntly tuberculate, 0.5–0.8 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Mar.

*CVU, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuM, *NIS, *RobP, *SnM, *VAlp, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Asia Minor. A widespread weed of disturbed, often sandy soils throughout extra-tropical Australia.

Australian populations show slight but constant morphological deviations from the typical form of the species and were described last century as an endemic taxon. These trivial differences, however, are readily accommodated within the phenetic variability of the species in Asia Minor.

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, 2018-06-25
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Gypsophila tubulosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gypsophila tubulosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Victorian Alps present introduced
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory