Scientific Name:
Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce (1917)
  • Spergula apetala Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. 1, 112, t. 142 (1805)
Vernacular Name(s):

Plant simple or several to many tufted. Branches mostly very short. Lvs grassy, erect, flexuous or recurved, blade 10–25 mm. long, linear to very narrow-linear, with short apicula. Peduncles about = lvs, becoming longer; fls fairly broad, sepals 5, 3–4 mm. long, broad and partly membr. below, tapering to short apicula; capsule 5-valved, valves almost = sepals when mature. Seeds with low rounded papillae.

[From: Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of subspecific taxa in New Zealand within Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce
Indigenous (Non-endemic)2

Flowering: Dec.–Jan.; Fruiting: Jan.–Mar.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Labillardière, J.J.H. de 1804: Novae Hollandiae Plantarum Specimen. Vol. 1(1). Huzard, Paris.