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Spergula pentandra L.
Family Caryophyllaceae
Spergula pentandra L. APNI*

Description: Erect herb, glabrous in all parts.

Leaves linear, 5–20 mm long, c. 2 mm wide.

Pedicels 3–20 mm long, not usually sharply deflexed after flowering. Sepals c. 3 mm long. Stamens 5.

Capsule broad-ovoid; seeds flattened, 2–2.5 mm in diam., with a scarious wing as wide as the diam. of the seed body.


Flowering: September–December

Distribution and occurrence: Usually smaller than S. arvensis. Uncommon weed of disturbed ground. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic.
AVH map***

Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 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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