Common name: Lesser Sea-spurrey
Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb. APNI*
Synonyms: Spergularia sp. A sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Annual herb with spreading to ascending branches and a slender taproot.
Leaves 5–45 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide.
Pedicels c. 4 mm long, occasionally to 8 mm long. Sepals usually 3–5 mm long, hairy. Petals pink above a whitish base, as long as or shorter than the sepals. Stamens mostly 4.
Capsule as long as or longer than the sepals; seeds dark brown to black, not winged.
Distribution and occurrence: Primarily in and around edges of salt marshes and other saline environments, occasionally a weed of cultivation. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CT, ST, CWS, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A. N.T.
See note on intermediate forms under S. rubra.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: L.G. Adams & J.G. West, in Walsh & Entwisle (eds) (1996)
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