Common name: Black Crumbweed
Dysphania melanocarpa (J.M.Black) Mosyakin & Clements APNI*
Synonyms: Chenopodium melanocarpum (J.M.Black) J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Prostrate aromatic annual covered in glandular or other hairs.
Leaves elliptic to broad-elliptic, lamina to c. 30 mm long, margins entire to sinuate; petiole c. as long as lamina.
Inflorescence of dense axillary clusters. Flowers bisexual or female, c. 1.5 mm across. Perianth segments 5, fused to c. halfway, with a blunt, hairy, almost triangular keel in the upper half, the top of the keels forming a flat plane at the apex of the flower, usually black or dark brown but sometimes light-coloured. Stamen 1 or 0.
Seed erect, dull brown, c. 0.5 mm diam.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: CC, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); as Chenopodium melanocarpum
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