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Genus Herniaria Family Caryophyllaceae

Description: Small procumbent herbs; stipules ciliate, scarious.

Leaves opposite.

Flowers small, green, sessile in axillary clusters. Sepals 5, free or almost so. Petals 0. Stamens 2–5. Ovary 1-locular; styles 2, short, united at base.

Capsule membranous, indehiscent, enclosed in the calyx; seed 1, reddish brown, glossy.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 47 species, Africa, Asia & Europe. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Herniaria cinerea

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