Druce, Rep. Botl Soc. Exch. Club Br. Isl. 1916:616 (1917) var. apetalus.
Synonymy: Spergularia apetala Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. Sp. 1:112 (1806).
, Spergula apetala
Common name: Coast colobanthus.
Perennial, almost stemless, and densely tufted; leaves linear-subulate, concave towards the base, sheathing at the base, attenuated into a long point, to c. 3 cm long.
Peduncle glabrous, erect, growing from the centre of the leaf-tufts, to c. 5 cm long, mostly longer than the leaves, slightly thickened just under the calyx; flower single, terminal; sepals triangular-acute.
Capsule slightly longer than the sepals, opening by 5 valves; seeds c. 35 in each capsule, honey-coloured, triangular, surface smooth, with a brown stripe along the back, c. 1 mm long.
S.Aust.: SE. Vic.; Tas. New Zealand.
Flowering time: Nov. — Feb.
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