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Glinus oppositifolius

Family

Molluginaceae

Botanical Name

Glinus oppositifolius (L.) Aug.DC.

Candolle, R.E.A. de (1901) Bulletin de l'Herbier Boissier Series 2 1: 559. Type: ?.

Synonyms

Mollugo oppositifolia L., Species Plantarum 1: 89(1753), Type: Habitat in Zeylona.

Stem

Decumbent or prostrate creeping annual herb, much branched, glabrous or with appressed hairs especially on youngest parts or in axils, with many stems up to 50 cm. long.

Leaves

Leaves opposite or in whorls of 4-6, unequal; laminas 5-40 2-18 mm., lanceolate, obovate, spathulate, elliptic-oblong to almost orbicular, entire or obscurely serrulate in upper 1/2; apex usually acute, often mucronate; base cuneate, gradually narrowed into a short pedicel; young leaves with a few hairs on midrib, glabrescent, sometimes with many appressed woolly crisped white hairs in axils and on lamina.

Flowers

Pedicel 5-14(-18) mm, slender. Flowers usually 2-7 in a cyme. Tepals greenish white, pinkish, yellowish, or milky-colored, oblong, 3-4 mm, margin membranous, 3-veined. Stamens 3-5. Styles 3(or 4).

Fruit

Capsule ellipsoid, slightly shorter than persistent tepals, 3- or 4-valved. Seeds chestnut-brown, subreniform, granulose; strophiole ca. 1/5 as long as seed, claviform.

Seedlings

Features not available.

Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CQ and NSW. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 600 m. Grows in swampy places in stream beds on alluvial soil or on mud in rainforest margins, Melaleuca forest, various types of woodland and in grassland. Also known from Africa and Asia.

WA

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NT

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CYP

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NEQ

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Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)

X

RFK Code

4069