Plants. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Kevin Thiele, near Coober Pedy, SA

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, ACT

Carpet. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Small Purslane




Annual forb, prostrate, flowering stems to 20cm tall.  Succulent leaves, basal and alternating along the stems.  Leaves stem clasping, 1-5.5cm long, 2-8mm wide, almost cylindrical, hairless.  Flowers pink, white or purple, with 5 petals, borne singly at the tops of the flowering stems and on stalks arising from the flowering stems.

Differs from Calandrinia calyptrata in that the petals are 3-7mm long, 2-4mm wide.

Differs from Calandrinia volubilis in that the flowering stems never twine and the stalks of the fruiting bodies point downwards.

Description and photo of flowering plant in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 298

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