Scientific Name:
Sagina apetala Ard.
Vernacular Name(s):
Annual pearlwort; Pearlwort

Annual. Stems ascending or rarely decumbent, filiform, glabrous or hairy, (1)–2–8–(15) cm tall; axillary fascicles of lvs 0; adventitious roots 0. Rosette lvs short-lived. Cauline lvs linear, hyaline with long cilia at base, very rarely glabrous, aristate at apex, 1–10–(12) × 0.2–0.5 mm; upper lvs becoming subulate. Fls small, 4–(5)-merous, often very numerous. Pedicels with glandular hairs or glabrous, 3–15 mm long. Sepals obtuse or acute, 1–2 × 0.5–1 mm, glabrous or with glandular hairs; hyaline margins often purplish, sometimes green. Petals 0, very rarely minute. Stamens 4–(5). Capsule ovoid, slightly > calyx; styles and valves 4–(5). Seeds brown, triangular-ovoid, papillate, 0.3–0.4 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Nov.–(Jan.); Fruiting: (Sep.)– Oct.–Feb.–(Mar.)