Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Minuartia:
Minuartia tenella
Page Author: David Giblin
slender stitchwort 
Blooms: April-July
Habit: herb
Duration: annual,perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon.
Habitat: Lowlands, prairies and coastal bluffs.
Species Description:

General: Annual from a taproot, the several stems erect to decumbent, 1-2.5 dm. tall, glandular-puberulent at least above.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, linear but tapering, 3-nerved, 3-18 mm. long, the primary ones with bundles of secondary leaves or short branches in their axils.
Flowers: Flowers many in an open, diffuse inflorescence that is often over half the length of the plant; pedicels very slender, up to 25 mm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, pointed, 3-nerved, 2.5-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, broadly obovate, up to 11/2 times as long as the sepals; stamens 10; styles 3.
Fruits: Capsule ovoid, longer than the sepals, opening by 3 valves.
Accepted Name:
Minuartia tenella (Nutt.) Mattf.
Synonyms:
Alsinopsis tenella (J. Gay) A. Heller
Arenaria macra A. Nelson & J. F. Macbride
Arenaria stricta Michaux
Arenaria stricta Michaux ssp. macra (A. Nelson & J. F. Macbride) Maguire
Arenaria stricta Michaux var. puberulenta (M. Peck) C. L. Hitchcock
Greniera tenella J. Gay

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

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

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

Washington Flora Checklist: Minuartia tenella treatment.

E-Flora BC: Minuartia tenella atlas page.

CalPhotos: Minuartia tenella images.

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

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Rod Gilbert

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2010

G. D. Carr, 2010

Douglas Houck, 2012

Douglas Houck, 2012
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