Common name: Bladder Soapwort, Cow Soapwort
Vaccaria hispanica (Mill.) Rauschert APNI*
Synonyms: Vaccaria pyramidata Medik. APNI*
Description: Glaucous herb with erect stems to 1 m high, glabrous.
Leaves usually 1.5–7 cm long, 5–20 mm wide, ovate to lanceolate near the base and oblong-lanceolate above.
Pedicels usually 10–30 mm long. Calyx usually 10–14 mm long, teeth triangular. Petals pink.
Capsule ovoid to globose, 7–10 mm long; seeds globose, c. 2 mm diam., black.
Flowering: spring, old fruit persistent on stems.
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon, a weed of cultivated and waste ground. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NT, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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