Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Sagina:
Sagina decumbens
Page Author: David Giblin
trailing pearlwort, western pearlwort 
Blooms: May-August
Habit: herb
Duration: annual
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to southern California.
Habitat: Moist soil at low elevations, but not typically coastal.
Species Description:

General: Mostly glabrous annual, the 1-several freely branched stems ascending, 5-20 cm. long.
Leaves: Leaves narrowly linear, opposite, remote, 3-10 mm. long; basal leaves few, withered by flowering time.
Flowers: Flowers several per stem, the pedicels filiform, 10-20 mm. long; sepals 5, distinct, about 2 mm. long, rounded; petals 5, white, equal to the sepals; stamens and styles 5.
Fruits: Capsule about 1.5 times as long as the sepals, opening by 5 valves.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Sagina decumbens (Ell.) Torr. & Gray
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Sagina occidentalis
Additional Resources:

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

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Sagina decumbens specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Sagina decumbens treatment.

E-Flora BC: Sagina decumbens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sagina decumbens images.

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

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

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

Ben Legler, 2005

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, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

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, 2011

G. D. Carr, 2011

G. D. Carr, 2011

G. D. Carr, 2011

G. D. Carr, 2011

Susan McDougall, 2015

Susan McDougall, 2015

Susan McDougall, 2015
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