R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 417 (1810).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Lesser joyweed.
Annual herbs; stems prostrate or erect; branches almost glabrous or with tomentose nodes and 2 decurrent lines of hairs; leaves glabrous or sparsely hairy on the margins and midrib, linear to linear-oblong, acute or obtuse, entire or slightly denticulate, 2-5 cm long.
Spikes globular or oblong, usually 0.5-1 cm diam., clustered, rhachis glabrous or hairy; bracts and bracteoles lanceolate to ovate, acute or shortly acuminate, c. 1-2 mm long; perianth-segment, s lanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate, 2-3 mm long, glabrous, translucent at the base at first; stamens c. 0.5 mm long, staminodes 0; ovary c. 1.5 mm long, broadly notched, stigma more or less sessile.
Fruit more than half as long as the perianth.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 281 .
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. All States.
Flowering time: mainly Dec. — April.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
A. Kanis (1972), Contr. Herb. Aust. 1:7, commented on a possibility that this is synonymous with A. nodiflora.
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