Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Minuartia:
Minuartia nuttallii
Page Author: David Giblin
Nuttall's sandwort, brittle stitchwort 
Blooms: May-August
Habit: herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Sagebrush hills to alpine slopes, especially on gravelly benches or talus.
Species Description:

General: Glandular-pubescent perennial from a stout taproot and branched woody base, the trailing stems forming mats up to 3 dm. broad; flowering branches 3-10 cm. tall, very brittle and tending to shatter readily.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, 5-10 mm. long, 3-nerved, slender and tapering with a needle-like tip, over-lapping on the stem, with bundles of leaves in the axils of the primary leaves.
Flowers: Flowers usually 7 or more in terminal clusters, the pedicels stout, 5-20 mm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, pointed, 4-6 mm. long; petals 5, white, usually longer than the calyx; stamens 10; styles 3.
Fruits: Capsule ovoid, shorter than the sepals, opening by 3 valves.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Minuartia nuttallii (Pax) Briquet
Synonyms:
Arenaria nuttallii Pax

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Arenaria nuttallii
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Minuartia nuttallii specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Minuartia nuttallii treatment.

E-Flora BC: Minuartia nuttallii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Minuartia nuttallii images.

USDA Plants Database: Minuartia nuttallii.
Additional photographs of Minuartia nuttallii:
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Jim Riley

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

H. Tim Gladwin, 1994

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

Gary Brill, 2012

Gary Brill, 2013

Gary Brill, 2014
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