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Middle-size Sandspurry - Spergularia media
Other Names:  Greater Sea-spurrey, Media Sandspurry, Satin Flower, Spergularia maritima

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial from a small, woody, branched caudex. Stems ascending to prostrate, 10–20 cm. Leaves 5–20 mm long, glabrous, few-fascicled; stipules 2–4 mm long. Flowers in glandular-hairy, few-flowered, terminal and axillary cymes; sepals 3–5 mm long. Capsule longer than the calyx; seeds winged (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
One collection from Jefferson County; introduced worldwide including northwest and northeast U.S., native to Europe (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 9

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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