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Drymaria cordata (L.) subsp. cordata Family Caryophyllaceae
Common name: Tropical Chickweed

Drymaria cordata subsp. cordata (L.) APNI*

Description: Annual sprawling herb, often rooting at the nodes; stems angular, glabrous to glandular-hairy, with long simple hairs at the nodes; internodes to 5 times the length of the leaves.

Leaves ovate to reniform, 6–12 mm long, 8–12 mm wide; petiole 3–7 mm long, glabrous to glandular-hairy.

Pedicels 2–7 mm long, glandular-hairy. Sepals 3–5 mm long, 3-veined with scarious margins. Petals usually bifid, 2–3 mm long, white.

Capsule ovoid, 1.5–2 mm long; seeds reddish brown.


Habit
Photo W. Cherry

Flower
Photo W. Cherry

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: most of the year.

Distribution and occurrence: Vigorous weed of pastures, gardens and disturbed areas; north from Nambucca Heads. Previously misidentified here as D. cordata subsp. diandra.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

This was included in Fl. NSW vol 1 (1990) as subsp. diandra, but that was a misidentification.

Text by A. Doust (1990); GJ Harden & LJ Murray, Supplement to Fl NSW Vol 1 (2000); edited KL Wilson (May 2010)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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