Moehringia lateriflora (Arenaria l.) bluntleaf sandwort; grove sandwort Caryophyllaceae ARLA; R (DeCandido 2001);

  

Mary Clay Stensvold @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database (Accessed 4/2014).

Mary Clay Stensvold @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database (Accessed 4/2014).

Moehringia lateriflora  is a perennial herb; colonial from widely creeping, thread-like rhizomes, stems to 40 cm long, very fine, with backward-pointing hairs. 

Leaves opposite, narrowly elliptic, to 5 cm long, 0.8 cm wide, hairy, sprinkled with tiny translucent dots, tip blunt to pointed. 

Flowers white, petals 5, to 0.6 cm long, sepals to 0.3 cm; inflorescence of loose clusters of 1-5 flowers on a thin stalk to 3 cm long; blooms May-Aug.. 

Fruit dry, hollow, a 6-valved capsule to 0.5 cm long, seeds 0.1 cm smooth, shiny, with a tiny pale appendage. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Stony slopes, woods.