Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pavón) DC.

Family: Montiaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)


Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a dehiscent (by 3 valves) capsule, ovoid, 4–7 mm long, tip acute, containing numerous seeds.

Seed round or elliptic in outline, compressed with an acute, broadly wavy (saddle-shaped) marginal rim and a curved lenticular cross-section, with a protruding notch along the margin where hilum occurs, 1–2.5 mm diameter x 0.6–0.8 mm thick. Surface shiny, ± smooth (under magnification, looking cobblestone-like with fine reticulations and large interspaces), black.

Hilar region round to elliptic, consisting of a linear slit between two semi-circular scars (one scar larger, distinctly whitish, and sometimes with a bit of funiculus attached).

Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)