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Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb.
Family Caryophyllaceae
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.


Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: spring.

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.
AVH map***

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)


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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