Spergularia brevifolia (Bartl.) Walp.

Ann. Bot. Syst. 1: 83 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual to short-lived perennial; rootstock slender to more or less woody; stems decumbent to erect, (3–)6–15(–35)cm long, mostly glandular-hairy. Leaves linear-filiform, more or less flattened, mucronate to prominently awned, fasciculate, 5–30 mm long, 0.3–2 mm wide, glabrous to sparsely glandular-hairy; stipules usually long-acuminate, (1–)3–6mm long, connate for less than half their length. Inflorescence lax, few to many-flowered, more or less monochasial above; pedicels at first strongly reflexed in fruit, finally spreading, equalling to much longer than sepals, glandular-hairy. Flowers (5–)7–10mm diam.; sepals 3–5 mm long, green or purplish, with mid-dense to dense glandular hairs 0.1–0.15(–0.2) mm long; petals c. equalling to much shorter than sepals, uniformly rose-pink or lilac, rarely white; stamens (6–)7–10. Capsules ovoid to subglobose equalling to clearly exceeding sepals; seeds (0.4–)0.5–0.6(–0.7) mm long, more or less smooth to densely and coarsely tuberculate or blunt-papillose, grey-brown to pitch-black, metallic-iridescent, unwinged. Flowers mostly Sep.–Nov.

CVU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim, *OtP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Widespread in more arid and/or salt-affected regions of Australia.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-12
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 brevifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Spergularia brevifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Otway Plain present introduced
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory