Sp. Pl. 130 (1753) APNI
Annual or perennial, prostrate, glabrous, usually glaucous; branches to c. 30 cm long. Leaves narrow-obovate to narrow-elliptic, 6–40 mm long, 2–10 mm wide, fleshy, apex obtuse, base cuneate, margins flat, glabrous; petiole short, indistinct. Inflorescences usually unbranched. Sepals ovate, 1–2 mm long, obtuse, shortly connate, not elongating; corolla 2–3 mm long, glabrous, white to pinkish with a yellow throat, tube c. as long as lobes; anthers acuminate, apices free; style obscure, stigma c. 0.25 mm long, pubescent. Mericarps 4, succulent at first, dry and falling at maturity, glabrous, rugulose, brown. Flowers Oct.–Apr.
HFE, MSB, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Naturalized all mainland States. Native to South America. A weed primarily of saline flats in the north-west of the State.
Although conventionally regarded in Australian literature as a post-European-settlement introduction, Craven (1996) raised the likelihood of it being either truly native or having been introduced prior to European settlement.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||uncertain|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|