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Last updated 8/7/2012 by David Giblin.
Montia fontana L.[FNA4, HC, HC2]
water blinks, water chickweed

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 87. 1753.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA4: "Montia fontana displays a multitude of forms varying in stature, leaf shape, and seed size. Segregate species, varieties, and subspecies have been named. Based on my study of worldwide collections of the species, much variation in M. fontana is attributable to phenotypic differentiation of ramets produced by local environmental conditions and unrelated to genetic variation. Until macromolecular or other studies shed light on the variation in M. fontana, it seems pointless to recognize infraspecific taxa or segregate species."


» Moore, D. M. 1963. The subspecies of Montia fontana L. Bot. Not. 116: 16-30.
» Walters, S. M. 1953. Montia fontana L. Watsonia 3: 1-6.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Claytonia hallii A. Gray
Montia clara Ö. Nilsson
Montia fontana L. ssp. fontana[KZ99]
Montia fontana L. var. lamprosperma (Cham.) Fenzl[HC]
Montia fontana L. var. tenerrima (A. Gray) Fernald & Wiegand[HC]
Montia funstonii Rydb.
Montia hallii (A. Gray) Greene
Montia minor C.C. Gmel.