Calandrinia calyptrata

Common name: 

Pink Purslane


(alternate family: Portulacaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Riverina, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (ABCDEFGHJKLMNPRSTVWZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sandy soils, on ledges and in crevices of rock outcrops1

Flower description:

Pale pink1


Annual, prostrate shrub with stems to 15 cm1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Sepals are persistent and less than 4 mm long, petals are less than 7 mm long. The fruit is an ovoid (not cylindric) capsule and flowers are separated along flowering stems. Leaves are usually scattered along branches1

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria