Common name: Annual Pearlwort
Sagina apetala Ard. APNI*
Synonyms: Sagina apetala subsp. apetala APNI*
Description: Erect annual with only reproductive stems present at time of flowering, usually much branched from base with nodes never producing roots.
Leaves usually 3–10 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, apex elongated into a fine awn.
Inflorescence a terminal cyme; pedicels usually 4–15 mm long. Sepals c. 2 mm long, midvein scarcely visible.
Capsule as long as the calyx. Weed of moist areas, often in gardens or waste ground, occasionally in river gravels. Native of Eur. & W Asia, widespread weed in temp. regions.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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