Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:172 (1863).
Synonymy: Calandrinia polyandra, Parakeelya polyandra, Talinum polyandrum
Common name: None
Decumbent annual with erect flowering stems to 50 cm long; leaves basal and on lower parts of flowering stems, alternate, often in fascicles, sessile, linear to oblanceolate, basal leaves 3.5-8 cm long, 0.3-1 cm wide.
Pedicels 10-25 mm long, reflexed in fruit; bracts opposite, scarious; sepals broad-ovate, 2.5-7 mm long, persistent; petals 5, dark-pink to purple, obovate, 7-15 mm long, 5-10 mm wide; stamens numerous; stigmas 3, free to the base.
Capsule ovoid, 3-valved, the valves involute, 4-6.5 mm long, just exceeding the usually spreading sepals; seeds numerous, reniform, red-brown to black, shiny, colliculate, 0.5-0.7 mm long, 0.5-0.7 mm wide.
Image source: fig. 130 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Image source: fig. 125h in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Erickson et al. (1973) Flowers and plants of Western Australia, fig. 328.
Grows in arid areas usually associated with sand.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.
Flowering time: Aug. — Nov.
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