R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 407 (1810).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Erect annual to 1.5 m high; leaves papery; lamina triangular to ovate, 3-15 cm long, 1.5-10 cm wide, acuminate, base somewhat truncate, margin deeply incised, lower surface sparsely mealy; petiole one-third to half of the length of the lamina.
Inflorescence of compact terminal and axillary pedunculate cymes, becoming open with age; flowers bisexual and female; perianth-segments 5, obovate, shortly united at the base, sparsely mealy when young; stamens 5, glabrous, disk absent.
Pericarp membranous, dull, adherent; seed horizontal, lenticular, c. 1.5 mm diam., rounded on the margin; testa black, glossy, deeply sculptured with radial striations; seed eventually falling free from the perianth.
Occurs in damp disturbed areas such as margins of forests and river banks.
S.Aust.: YP, KI. Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. New Zealand.
Flowering time: Feb. (1 record).
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