Minuartia caroliniana  (Arenaria c.; Sabulina c.; Sabulina c.) pine-barren stitchwort Caryophyllaceae ARCA; Q (DeCandido 2001); R (DeCandido 2001);

   

Arenaria caroliniana.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 55. (Accessed 3/20140).

Arenaria caroliniana.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 55. (Accessed 3/20140).

Minuartia caroliniana is a perennial herb flowering stems to 20 cm tall. Basal stems often matted, prostrate, from a taproot and woody root crown, ascending stems stiff, densely leafy below, glandular-hairy, slightly rough. 

Leaves opposite, linear, rigid to 1 cm long, triangular in cross-section; flowering stalks to 6 cm, very slender, almost leafless, erect or ascending. 

Flowers white, petals 5, to 0.8 cm, sepals to 0.3 cm; blooms May-July. 

Fruit dry, a 3-valved capsule, seeds ca 0.1 cm, reddish-brown, warty. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry sandy soil of pine barrens.