Arenaria caroliniana Walt. - Pine-barren sandwort


 

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Arenaria caroliniana - (image 1 of 7)

 

Taxonomy

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.

Habitat

Sandy soil. Pine barrens.

Associates

 

Distribution

Coastal plain from NY to FL

Morphology

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

Notes

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.

References

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 (http://plants.usda.gov).
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

 


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