Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
14. Caryophyllaceae, the Pink Family
2. Spergularia J. & C. Presl -- Sand-spurry
1. Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb.-- Salt-marsh sand-spurry
Low decumbent to erect annual, simple to diffusely branched, 5-20 cm tall, glabrous
or glandular-pubescent. Leaves rather succulent, linear, blunt to mucronate
at the tip, 5-40 mm long, 0.5-1.5 mm wide; stipules present, broadly deltate
to round or reniform, scarious. Flowers usually numerous, in a widely
spreading, bracteate cyme, the inflorescence comprising most or nearly all of
the plant; bracts similar to the leaves though smaller; flowers
subsessile or on pedicels 1-10 mm long with age; sepals obtuse to rounded,
2-5 mm long; petals white or more often pinkish, 1/2 to nearly as long
as the sepals; stamens 2-5; carpels 3, styles 3. Capsules
3-valved, ovoid, equaling or surpassing the calyx, mostly 3-6 mm long. Seeds
light to dark brown, obovoid to nearly round, compressed, 0.5-0.9 mm long, smooth
or slightly rough, sometimes winged. Jul--Sep. Wet alkali flats and shores;
occasional in n and e ND; (Probably intro. from Eurasia, along the coasts from
Que. to FL and w to TX, and B.C., s to CA, sporadically inland).
Rossbach, R. P. 1940. Spergularia in North America and South America. Rhodora
42:57-83, 105-143, 158-193, 203-213.
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