F. Meigen, Bot. Jb. 17:239 (1893).
Synonymy: C, bonariensis Cambess. in A. St. Hil., Fl. Brasil. merid. 2:195 (1830), nom. illegit.; Tillaea purpurata Hook. f., London J. Bot. 6:472 (1847); C. purpurata (Hook. f.)Domin, Biblthca Bot. 89:704 (1925). C. bonariensis was described by Cambessedes in 1829 although de Candolle had referred to it in several earlier publications, also under Bulliarda.
, Tillaea peduncularis
Common name: Purple crassula.
Annuals with short decumbent branches to 6 cm long and usually much branched; leaves linear-lanceolate, 2-5 X 0.5-1 mm, cuspidate or acuminate, dorsiventrally flattened and more or less convex on both surfaces, green to deep-red.
Inflorescence a monochasium with single flowers in the axils of leaf-like bracts; pedicels elongating, 3-10 mm long when fruiting; flowers 4-merous; calyx lobes broadly triangular, 0.7-1 mm long, obtuse rarely acute, glabrous, slightly fleshy, green to red; corolla cup-shaped, white more or less tinged red; lobes oblong-triangular, 1.3-1.5 mm, obtuse, spreading; nectary scales narrowly oblong-cuneate, rounded, yellow; ovaries obovoid, each abruptly constricted into short thin styles arising from the inner margin, with 10-14 ovules.
Follicles smooth, recurving at the apex, splitting along the whole suture and opening up so widely that they are easily confused with the slightly smaller petals.
Image source: fig 229b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Grows in marshy areas which are rarely flooded; occurring mainly in south-eastern Australia.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE. a few scattered records from southern W.Aust.; north-eastern N.S.W.; Tas. New Zealand; South America.
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
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