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Spergularia salina
saltmarsh sandspurry

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington British Columbia to California, east across North America.

Habitat: Saline or brackish areas along the coast, and alkaline areas inland.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial, Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat glandular-pubescent annual with many ascending to erect stems up to 3.5 dm. long and only 1-1.5 mm. thick.


Leaves opposite, 1-3 cm. long and 1 mm. wide; stipules about 3 mm. long and wide.


Flowers in an open, branched, leafy, terminal cyme; sepals 5, distinct, about 3.5 mm. long, usually glandular-hairy; petals 5, white to deep pink, about 1 mm. shorter than the sepals; stamens 2-5; styles 3, distinct, 0.5 mm. long.


Capsule as long as or somewhat longer than the calyx, opening to the base by 3 valves.

Accepted Name:
Spergularia salina J. Presl & C. Presl
Publication: Fl. ech. 95. 1819.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb. [HC]
Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb. var. tenuis (Greene) R. Rossbach
Spergularia salina J. Presl & C. Presl var. tenuis (Greene) Jeps.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Spergularia salina checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Spergularia salina atlas page.

CalPhotos: Spergularia salina photos.

USDA Plants: Spergularia salina information.

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