Common name: Sandspurry, Red Sand-spurrey
Spergularia rubra (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial with spreading to ascending branches.
Leaves 5–20 mm long, c. 1 mm wide.
Pedicels 5–13 mm long. Sepals 3–4.5 mm long, hairy. Petals pink, shorter than the sepals. Stamens mostly 8.
Capsule as long as or longer than the sepals; seeds dark brown to black, not winged.
Distribution and occurrence: Common weed of waste and disturbed ground. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Some specimens appear to be intermediate between this and S. marina; they can, however, usually be sorted on the basis of stamen number and, to a lesser extent, stipule morphology.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: L.G. Adams & J.G. West, in Walsh & Entwisle (eds) (1996)
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