Griseb., Spic. Fl. Rumel. 1:515 (1843).
Synonymy: Arenaria rubra L. var. marina L., Sp. Pl. 423 (1753); S. salina J.S. & C. Presl, Fl. Czech. 95 (1819).
Common name: Salt sand-spurrey.
Annual, biennial or perennial herb with a tap root; stems 3-35 cm high, usually glabrous at the base, covered with glandular hairs towards the summit, but sometimes entirely glabrous or glandular-tomentose throughout, branched just above the ground; leaves 1-4 cm long, c. 1 mm wide, distinctly fleshy, linear-lanceolate, acute or mucronulate, sometimes fasciculate; stipules 2-3 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, connate at first, almost triangular, white.
Inflorescence a simple or branched raceme-like cyme, terminal or subterminal, congested or loose; bracts very small, similar to the stipules; pedicels 2-10 mm long, hairy; sepals 3-5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, glandular externally, obtuse, with broad membranous margins, with purple markings at the base; petals pink or whitish, 2-2.5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, ovate to oblong-ovate; stamens 2-10.
Capsule ovoid, 3-6 mm long; seeds wingless, yellow-brown, broadly pyriform, compressed, smooth when young, tuberculate at maturity.
Ross-Craig (1951) Drawings Brit. Pl. 5:pl. 65.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Native to Europe and other temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
The purple markings at the interception of the sepals can be found on at least a few flowers on each plant and has only been observed elsewhere in S.Aust. on one or two specimens of S. media. The pyriform seeds are also diagnostic.
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