Spergularia marina salt-marsh sand-spurrey Caryophyllaceae SPMA*; Bx, pb; NY, iw; Q, a, j, cu, R, c, sm;

 

Spergularia marina.Glen Mittelhauser.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Spergularia marina.Copyright © 2015 Glen Mittelhauser.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Spergularia marina is an annual herb to 35 cm, branched or simple, often prostrate, sometimes minutely hairy; stipules membranous, white, encircling leaf bases at node, lobe between leaf bases to 0.4 cm high. 

Leaves opposite, fleshy, linear, 0.5-4 cm long, about 0.1 cm wide. 

Flowers pink or white, 5-parted, sepals green, 0.3-0.5 cm long, sometimes hairy, petals shorter than sepals, white to pink, stamens 2-5, yellow, ovary above corolla, flowers open only in sun, seed production occurs even in closed flowers (Redbo-Tortensson 1994). 

Fruit dry, hollow, a 3 sided capsule about 0.4 cm, splitting open to release with numerous seeds less than 0.1 cm long; blooms and fruits June-Oct. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Disturbed patches of high salt marsh, salted roadsides.   (Accessed 4/2014).