Sp. Pl. 432 (1753) APNI
Perennial procumbent or ascending, mat-forming herb; stems 5–25 cm long, yellow-green, rooting at nodes. Leaves triangular to ovate, 3–6 mm long, imbricate, thick, obtuse, slightly spurred at base. Inflorescence a terminal cyme, 1–5 cm long, on 2 or 3 short terminal or subterminal branches, not pedunculate. Flowers to c. 10 mm diam., pedicellate or subsessile; sepals ovate to triangular, to c. 4 mm long; petals lanceolate, 6–8 mm long, acute to acuminate, bright yellow; stamens 10, shorter than petals. Follicles to c. 2.5 mm long, wide-spreading. Flowers summer.
*EGU, *GipP, *HSF, *VAlp. Also naturalised NSW, Tas. Native of Europe, Asia, north Africa. So far recorded for Victoria only along the upper Snowy River and on and near the Dargo High Plains, but possibly more widespread and overlooked. Usually grows in grassy areas, mostly among rocks.
A very variable and widespread species in its native habitat, with many local populations having been given specific or subspecific rank, but Webb (1964) regards recognition of these taxa as being of dubious merit.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|