Common name: Tufted knawel
Scleranthus diander R.Br. APNI*
Description: Small decumbent perennial herb with ascending stems; stems much branched, either trailing or forming mats.
Leaves crowded, linear, 5–9 mm long, ± keeled, acute but not pungent-pointed.
Flowers sessile in axillary or terminal clusters, sometimes pedunculate. Bracts acute-tipped, often longer than the flowers. Calyx lobes ± acute, spreading, as long as or longer than the tube. Stamens 2.
Distribution and occurrence: Scattered on Western Slopes and Southern Tablelands, with one record at lower altitude from near Bungonia (Shoalhaven Gorge); also in Vic, Tas, ?SA
In pastures and dry habitats.
NSW subdivisions: SC, ST, NWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by A. Doust (1990); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014; Sept 2015)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); Cowley and West, Flora Vic 3 (1996)
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