Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 331 (1753).
L. 1753. N
småfrankenia. - Prostrate annual; stems to 30 cm, with a row of hairs, richly branched. Leaves
in whorls of 3-4, 5-8 ×
2-3.5 mm, petiolate; petioles short, ciliate, basally widened and at the very base connate around the stem; blade spathulate to obovate with broadly rounded to truncate apex, on the lower surface with fairly dense, short, curved, white hairs. Flowers
sessile, solitary in branchings, actinomorphic, 5-merous. Calyx
tubular, 3.2-4.5 mm, with 5 strong veins. Petals
dark pink, clawed; each claw with an adaxial ligule. Style
single; stigmas 3, filiform. Fruit
a capsule, surrounded by the incrassate calyx. - [2n=20]
Fredrikstad 1891 (ballast), Ro
Haugesund 1903 (ballast). S Sk
Ven 1914, BhG
Göteborg 1898 (ballast), Lysekil 1893 (possibly with salt from Spain). - Also recorded from S Upl
Stockholm (Hartman 1849), but probably deliberately sown (Thedenius 1859). - The Mediterranean, western and central Asia; anthropochorous in North and South America, southern Africa and Australia. - Map
(not in the book).