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Sabulina nuttallii
Nuttall's sandwort
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Sagebrush hills to alpine slopes, especially on gravelly benches or talus.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandular-pubescent perennial from a stout taproot and branched woody base, the trailing stems forming mats up to 3 dm. broad; flowering branches 3-10 cm. tall, very brittle and tending to shatter readily.


Leaves opposite, 5-10 mm. long, 3-nerved, slender and tapering with a needle-like tip, over-lapping on the stem, with bundles of leaves in the axils of the primary leaves.


Flowers usually 7 or more in terminal clusters, the pedicels stout, 5-20 mm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, pointed, 4-6 mm. long; petals 5, white, usually longer than the calyx; stamens 10; styles 3.


Capsule ovoid, shorter than the sepals, opening by 3 valves.

Accepted Name:
Sabulina nuttallii (Pax) Dillenb. & Kadereit

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Arenaria nuttallii Pax [HC]
Minuartia nuttallii (Pax) Briquet [FNA5]
Minuopsis nuttallii (Pax) W.A. Weber
var. fragilis – brittle sandwort, brittle stichwort
var. nuttallii – Nuttall's sandwort
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sabulina nuttallii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sabulina nuttallii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Sabulina nuttallii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sabulina nuttallii photos.

USDA Plants: Sabulina nuttallii information.

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