scale bar = 1cm.
Annual Pearlwort - introduced (*Sagina apetala)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family).
Native of the northern hemisphere.
Occurrence: Widespread. Waste areas, grassy gully floors, granite areas
etc. An environmental weed.
- the leaves are narrow and pointed, and grow in opposite pairs
- the petals are tiny or absent
- the flowers are at the ends of slender stalks
- the flowers have four sepals; the petals, if any, are inside the sepals.
It differs from Sagina apetala in that S. procumbens
- is a perennial
- is often mat-forming
- often roots from the leaf nodes
- has sepals with translucent edges.
Photos 1: Kalimna, Castlemaine. 2: Annual Pearlwort. Most specimens
are more sparsely branched and more erect. Garden specimen. Castlemaine.