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Montia australasica

White Purslane

Terrestrial or aquatic perennial herb, rooting from leaf nodes, terrestrial plants densely tufted and carpeting, aquatics loose and open.

Additional information

  • SynonymNeopaxia australasica, Claytonia australasica
  • FamilyMontiaceae (syn. Portulacaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate - 3 cm x spreading
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesTerrestrial - narrow bright green to waxy leaves 1-4 cm x 1-3 mm on tuberous pinkish stems. Aquatic - longer to 12 cm x 5 mm. Leaves stem-clasping.
  • Flower colourWhite to pale pink
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • Flowers1-4 flowers in terminal clusters on long erect stalks 4-50 mm long which curve down in fruit.
  • Bird attractingHabitat - nesting and/or safety
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWet soil in permanent or winter wet swamps or aquatic in slow moving watercourses. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useExcellent groundcover for permanently moist margins of water areas.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it may be abundant.
Photographer/s: 1, 4 Peter Kinchington ©; 2, 3 Richard Hartland ©

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