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Boerhavia tetrandra G.Forst.
Family Nyctaginaceae
Boerhavia tetrandra G.Forst. APNI*

Description: Perennial herbs, decumbent or prostrate, to 40 cm long, glabrous or glandular-hairy.

Leaves fleshy, bluntly ovate, 1–4 cm long; petiole 0.5–2 cm long.

Inflorescence axillary, often compound, with the basic unit a crowded, many-flowered glomerule; peduncle 3–10 cm long. Flowers subsessile. Perianth base sparsely glandular; upper part campanulate, 2 mm long, wh ite, pink or lilac. Stamens 4 (rarely 3), c. 1 mm long. Style 2 mm long.

Fruit fusiform, 3.5–5 mm long, glandular-hairy, 3–5-ribbed; ribs not producing mucus.


Distribution and occurrence: A widespread Pacific strand-plant, once collected on Lord Howe Island.
NSW subdivisions: ?LHI
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by K.D. Hill
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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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