Calandrinia eremaea Ewart

Small Purslane

Fl. Victoria 486 (1931) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or weakly ascending, often pink-stemmed annual, stems to c. 20 cm long, simple or few-branched. Leaves often ± rosetted at base, often absent from stems, oblong to narrowly elliptic, the largest 1–5 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, subsessile, glabrous. Cymes elongating, mostly 3–7-flowered; bracts opposite; pedicels 6–12 mm long at anthesis, elongating to 2.5 cm or more and slightly to strongly reflexing in fruit; sepals very broadly ovate, 2–3.5 mm long, obtuse (rarely shortly apiculate), persistent; petals 5, 3–7 mm long, white to deep pink; stamens 7–20; style trifid to base. Capsule ovoid, 3.5–4.5 mm long, pale, splitting almost to base into 3 valves; seeds numerous (more than 30), reniform, c. 0.5 mm long, shining, dark red-brown or greyish, colliculate. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

CVU, EGU, GipP, Gold, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. All mainland states. Abundant in sandy mallee and samphire communities in the north-west, particularly after fire or other disturbance, scattered elsewhere in mild to warm and relatively dry areas of the state where occurring on sand, or commonly in shallow soils on rock-ledges etc. (e.g. Werribee Gorge, Warby Ranges, upper Snowy and Genoa Rivers). .

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Portulacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Montiaceae
genus Calandrinia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calandrinia eremaea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calandrinia eremaea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
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