Spergula arvensis

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Spergula arvensis


Very polymorphous annual. Leaves linear, 1-4 cm long, apparently whorled, somewhat succulent, furrowed on the lower side. Inflorescences terminal and from the upper leaf axils, ± lax-flowered; Sepals ovate, with scarious margin, 3-5 mm. Petals white, obovate, obtuse, as long as or slightly longer than the sepals. Stamens 10 or 5. Capsule ovoid, up to twice as long as the calyx. Seeds 1-2 mm, greyish, spherical, keeled or with a narrow wing;


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Cosmopolitan present
Cosmopolitan In Malesia only introduced in the Philippines in the beginning of last century, now naturalised at Pauai at about 2400 m altitude.


N.C. Majumdar 1993 – In: Fl. India: 578
Grierson 1987 – In: Fl. Bhutan: 215
L. 1855 – In: Fl. Ned. Ind.: 1053
Miq.: Pl. Jungh.: 395
Wadhwa 1996 – In: Fl Ceylon: 64
Roxb. 1832 – In: Fl. Ind., ed. Carey: 447
Lu Dequan & M.G. Gilbert 2001 – In: Fl. China: 4
Ke Ping 1996: p. 56. – In: Fl. Reip. Pop. Sin.: f. 12: 1-5
Edgew. & Hook. f. 1874 – In: Fl. Brit. India: 243
Backer 1911: Schoolfl. Java: 83