Arenaria stricta Michx. - Stiff Sandwort


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Arenaria stricta - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Caryophyllaceae


Some authors place this species in the genus Minuartia L. and would refer to it as Minuartia michauxii (Fenzl) Farw. var. michauxii


Dunes. Black oak savanna. Dry, gravel hill prairies. Limestone glades and other calcareous habitats




Southern Ontario and NY west to MN, south to VA and AR.


Annual or perennial, glabrous or sometimes hairy; stems 10-40 cm, decumbent or erect. Leaves linear-bristly, mostly flat, less than 2 mm wide, in bunches on the stem. Inflorescence open, the branches glabrous; sepals lanceolate, acute.


Flowers May to July

Wetland Indicator: Upland

Common on dunes near Lake Michigan in IL.


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.




Michael Hough 2004