Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Burnat) Ball & Heywood

Childling Pink

Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Bot. 3: 164 (1964) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual, glabrous or partly tomentose. Stem erect, simple or branching from base, up to 50 cm high. Leaves sessile, linear, 10–70 mm long, 2 mm wide, acute, the sheaths less than twice as long as wide. Inflorescence a dense, terminal cluster; bracts blunt or only the outer mucronate, concealing calyces; pedicels to c. 0.5 mm long; calyx 10–14 mm long, calyx-lobes short, obtuse, membranous; petals 10–13 mm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, pink or purplish, more or less emarginate; styles 2. Capsule elliptic-ovoid, c. 6 mm long; seeds brownish-black, more or less hooded, bluntly tuberculate, 1.3–1.8 mm. Flowers spring and summer.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to the western Mediterranean area. A very widespread weed of disturbed soils, waste ground and occasionally semi-natural grassland throughout extra-tropical Australia.

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, 2020-01-03
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Petrorhagia nanteuilii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Petrorhagia nanteuilii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory