Richardia stellaris (Cham. & Schltdl.) Steud. APNI*
Synonyms: Richardsonia stellaris Cham. & Schltdl. APNI*
Description: Mostly prostrate, perennial herb; stems to 15 cm long, glabrous to hirsute.
Leaves narrow-ovate to ovate, 0.7–2.5 cm long, 2–5 mm wide, apex acuminate, lamina hirsute to ± glabrous; sessile.
Inflorescence few to many-flowered. Involucral bracts 4, narrow-ovate. Calyx 4- or 5-lobed, lobes spreading, narrow, margins ciliate. Corolla white, 4-lobed, tube 2–4 mm long. Cleistogamous flowers often present, smaller, remaining in bud on developing mericarps. Mericarps usually 4, 1.7–2 mm long, glabrous or sparsely scabrous, smooth, adaxial face with a slight ridge in middle.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of disturbed sites, north from Nowra. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *NWS, *CWS, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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