Common name: Red Spinach
Trianthema triquetra Willd. APNI*
Synonyms: Trianthema triquetra var. clavata (J.M.Black) H.Eichler APNI*
Tryanthema crystallina APNI*
Description: Prostrate or ascending, diffuse herb; stems 20–60 cm long with short lateral branches, finely papillose or glabrous.
Leaves terete to clavate or oblanceolate to linear; lamina to 30 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, mucronate; petiole c. 2 mm long, expanded into a toothed sheath.
Bracts 3. Perianth tube 1–2 mm long; perianth lobes 1–2 mm long, white to pink. Stamens 5.
Fruit truncate; operculum thick-walled, rounded with an impressed membranous cover; seeds 2, black, 1 in operculum, 1 in base.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, usually found on sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & J. Highet
Taxon concept: A. Prescott (1984)
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