Arenaria caroliniana Walt. - Pine-barren sandwort


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Arenaria caroliniana - (image 1 of 7)



Family: Caryophyllaceae


Some authors have placed the eastern plants of this genus into Minuartia, and would refer to this species as Minuartia caroliniana (Walt.) Mattf.


Sandy soil. Pine barrens.




Coastal plain from NY to FL


Perennial, 10-20 cm. Leaves narrow, rigid. Petals 5, white, 5-8 mm; sepals ovate, obtuse, faintly 1-3 nerved. Fruit 3-valved.


Flowers May to July

Wetland Indicator: Not available, but Upland would seem appropriate.

These plants were growing amongst mosses and lichens in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.


USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA




Michael Hough 2004