Common name: Small-flower Bindweed
Convolvulus microsepalus R.W.Johnson APNI*
Description: Perennial with trailing and twining branches; stems slender, terete, moderately to sparsely hairy.
Leaves fairly uniform in shape from base to tip of stem; lamina linear to oblong, sometimes triangular, 1–4.5 cm long, 3–20 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse with a small mucro, base hastate or sagittate, margins entire with no ascending lobes, sparsely to moderately densely hairy with silvery hairs; petiole 2–8 mm long.
Inflorescence 1-flowered, solitary in the leaf axils; peduncle slender, terete, 8–30 mm long, densely hairy with appressed hairs. Sepals small (to 3.5 mm long) glabrous or with a few hairs towards the base. Corolla funnel-shaped, 5–8 mm long, 5–13 mm diam., white to pink.
Capsule globose, 5–7 mm long, 5–7 mm diam., glabrous; fruiting pedicels not conspicuously recurved. Seeds granular, 3.5–4 mm long, with prominent, raised, flattened tubercles that are fused into wing-like structures at the margins.
Flowering: Mainly late winter to early autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Mainly in eastern South Australia, with minor occurences in western NSW and a very early record from the NW of Victoria.
Clay loam or loamy soils in chenopod shrubland.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: R.W. Johnson (2001)
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