Arenaria lateriflora L. - Bluntleaf Sandwort


 

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Arenaria lateriflora - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Habitat

Dry or mesic woods. Prairie remnants

Associates

 

Distribution

Circumboreal, south into North America to PA, MO and southern California

Morphology

Rhizomatous, colonial perennial. Leaves broad, lanceolate to elliptic, obtuse, mostly more than 1 cm long and 5 mm wide. Flowers 1-5 in cymes; petals white; sepals 2-3 mm, obtuse, much shorter than the petals. Fruit 6-valved.

Notes

Flowers April to July

Wetland Indicator: Upland

Some authors put this plant in the genus Moehringia L. and would call this plant Moehringia lateriflora (L.) Fenzl

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.

 


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