Common name: Procumbent or Spreading Pearlwort
Sagina procumbens L. APNI*
Description: Procumbent perennial herb with vegetative stems present at time of flowering, lower branch nodes often rooting.
Leaves usually 5–15 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, apex acuminate, shortly awned.
Flowers terminal, solitary, pedicels 5–13 mm long. Sepals c. 2 mm long, midvein visible.
Capsule 2–4 mm long, longer than the calyx. Weed of moist areas, often forming dense mats in gardens and on lawns. Native of N temp. regions.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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