Talinum paniculatum (Jacq.) Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb or subshrub to 60 cm high, with tuberous roots.
Leaves with lamina elliptic, obovate or spathulate, 3–10 cm long, obtuse to acuminate, tapering to petiole at base.
Pedicels 3–7 mm long; bracts opposite, scarious to herbaceous. Sepals 2–4 mm long. Petals 3–4.5 mm long, pink. Stamens 10–20. Stigmas 3, on a style c. 1.5 mm long.
Capsule subglobose, 3–5 mm diam.; seeds obovoid, c. 1 mm diam., black, shiny, colliculate to papillate.
Flowering: spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: A garden escape, naturalized mainly in settled coastal areas. Native of N & S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *CWS
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by J. G. West
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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