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Cardionema ramosissima
sandcarpet, sandmat
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Distribution: Along the coast in Washington; south to Mexico.

Habitat: Sandy beaches along the coast.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

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. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 56: 473. 1913. 1913.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cardionema ramosissimum (Weinm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr., orthographic variant
Loeflingia ramosissima Weinm.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cardionema ramosissima in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cardionema ramosissima checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cardionema ramosissima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cardionema ramosissima photos.

USDA Plants: Cardionema ramosissima information.

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