Herniaria hirsuta var. cinerea

(de Candolle) Loret & Barrandon

Fl. Montpellier, 243. 1876.

Basionym: Herniaria cinerea de Candolle in J. Lamarck and A. P. de Candolle, Fl. Franç. ed. 3, 5: 375. 1815
Synonyms: Herniaria hirsuta subsp. cinerea (de Candolle) Coutinho
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 44. Mentioned on page 45.

Stems 5–20 cm. Inflorescences 3–8-flowered. Flowers 1.2–1.8 mm, hairs of 2 sizes, long hairs 1/2–2/3 as long as sepals, short hairs 1/4–1/3 as long as sepals, tips of some or all hooked or tightly coiled; hypanthium area pubescent, tips of hairs hooked or tightly coiled; sepals in fruit ± unequal, of 2 lengths; stamens 2–3; styles distinct, 0.2–0.4 mm. Seeds 0.5–0.6 mm. 2n = 36 (Europe).

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Disturbed areas, alkaline hills, clay flats
Elevation: 40-800 m


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Introduced; Ariz., Calif., Md., Oreg., s Europe, sw Asia, n Africa.


Historical collections of var. cinerea are known from New York (1890s) and Wisconsin (1870). It was also collected once in Washington in 1979 (C. T. Roché 1991) but did not persist.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

John W. Thieret +, Ronald L. Hartman +  and Richard K. Rabeler +
(de Candolle) Loret & Barrandon +
Herniaria cinerea +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, Md. +, Oreg. +, s Europe +, sw Asia +  and n Africa. +
40-800 m +
Disturbed areas, alkaline hills, clay flats +
Flowering spring–fall. +
Fl. Montpellier, +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Herniaria hirsuta subsp. cinerea +
Herniaria hirsuta var. cinerea +
Herniaria hirsuta +
variety +