Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Cardionema:
Cardionema ramosissima
Page Authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
sandmat 
Blooms: June-August
Habit: herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Along the coast in Washington; south to Mexico.
Habitat: Sandy beaches along the coast.
Species Description:

General: Prostrate, matted perennial, the stems up to 3 dm. long, pubescent, usually covered at the base with old, dead leaves and stipules.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, linear with a needle-like tip, crowded, 5-10 mm. long; stipules conspicuous, about equal to the leaves.
Flowers: Flowers inconspicuous, sessile, clustered in the upper leaf axils; calyx top-shaped, 5-cleft nearly to the base, 4-5 mm. long, the lobes hooded, unequal, each lobe with a divergent spine about the same length, the 3 larger sepals nearly enclosing the 2 smaller ones; petals 5, scale-like, fused basally with the 3-5 stamens to form a tube surrounding the base of the ovary, the petals about half as long as the larger sepals; style 1, short.
Fruits: Utricle nearly as long as the calyx and enclosed within it.
Accepted Name:
Cardionema ramosissima (Weinm.) A. Nels. & J.F. Macbr.
Synonyms:
Cardionema ramosissimum (Weinm.) A. Nels. & J.F. Macbr.
Loeflingia ramosissima Weinmann

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Cardionema ramosissima specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Cardionema ramosissima specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Cardionema ramosissima treatment.

E-Flora BC: Cardionema ramosissima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cardionema ramosissima images.

USDA Plants Database: Cardionema ramosissima.
Additional photographs of Cardionema ramosissima:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009
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