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Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca
beach sandspurry

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest along the coastal areas in Washington; British Columbia to Baja California.

Habitat: Along the sea shore, often in salt marshes and rock crevices in the splash zone.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial with a thick, woody, branched crown, the stems decumbent to ascending, up to 4 dm. long and 1-2 mm. thick; herbage somewhat glandular-pubescent.


Leaves opposite, 2-several per node, 1.5-4 cm. long and 1-2.5 mm. broad, tipped with a sharp, slender point.


Inflorescence a lax, open, leafy, terminal cyme; sepals 5, 5-9 mm. long, acute; petals 5, dark to pale pink, entire, shorter than the sepals; stamens 10, attached under the superior ovary; styles 3, distinct, 0.6-1.2 mm. long.



Accepted Name:
Spergularia macrotheca (Hornem.) Heynh. var. macrotheca
Publication: Alph. Aufz. Gew. 689. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca atlas page.

CalPhotos: Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca photos.

USDA Plants: Spergularia macrotheca var. macrotheca information.

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