Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Honckenya peploides
sea purslane, seabeach sandwort
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Distribution: Occuring west of the Cascades crest in the coastal counties in Washington; Alaska to northern Oregon, east across Canada to coastal northeastern North America; Greenland and arctic Eurasia.

Habitat: Coastal beaches, strands, and sand dunes.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glabrous, mat-forming, yellowish-green, fleshy perennial from a rhizome, the numerous, trailing, freely-branched stems with upturned flowering ends 1-3 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves lanceolate to ovate, 1-3 cm. long and 5-20 mm. broad, smaller on the axillary branches.

Flowers:

Flowers greenish, inconspicuous, single in the leaf axils or stem branches, sometimes monoecious; pedicels stout, short; sepals 5, ovate, 4-7 mm. long; petals 5, whitish, entire, equaling the sepals; stamens 10; styles 3.

Fruits:

Capsule globose, 5-8 mm. long, opening by 3-5 valves.

Accepted Name:
Honckenya peploides (L.) Ehrh.
Publication: Neues Mag. Aerzte. 5: 206. 1783.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Honkenya peploides L., orthographic variant [HC]
Infraspecies:
ssp. major – sea purslane, seabeach sandwort    Occuring west of the Cascades crest in the coastal counties in Washington; Alaska to northern Oregon; arctic Eurasia.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Honckenya peploides in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Honckenya peploides checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Honckenya peploides atlas page.

CalPhotos: Honckenya peploides photos.

USDA Plants: Honckenya peploides information.

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