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Family: Convolvulaceae
Cressa cretica

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 223 (1753).

Synonymy: C. australis R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 490 (1810).

Common name: Rosinweed.

Appressedly greyish-pubescent subshrub, with erect rarely prostrate stems to 20 cm; leaves sessile to shortly petiolate, ovate-lanceolate, usually less than 8 x 5 mm, acute.

Inflorescence terminal, flowers solitary in axils of leaves subsessile, forming a leafy spike; bracteoles opposite, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, c. 3 mm long; sepals obovate, obtuse, 3.5-4 mm long; corolla campanulate white to pink, c. 6 mm long, with 5 ovate to oblong-ovate lobes almost as long as the tube; stamens 5, inserted 2-3 mm above the base of the corolla; filaments 2.4-3 mm long, fusing laterally at the base; ovary partially 2-celled, densely hairy in the upper part; styles 3-5 mm long, with scattered hairs, stigmas capitate.

Capsule globular; seeds usually I.

image of FSA3_Cressa_cre.jpg Flowering branch, flower and pistil
Image source: fig. 527A in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 559.

Distribution:  occurs in tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. Grows in saline swamps.

  All mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: throughout the year.

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