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Saltmarsh Sandspurry - Spergularia salina
Other Names:  Spergularia marina

Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 8

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General Description
Glandular-hairy annual. Stems erect to ascending, 7–20 cm. Leaves 5–25 mm long, seldom fascicled; stipules 1–2 mm long. Flowers in few-flowered terminal cymes; sepals 2–4 mm long. Capsule longer than the calyx; seeds not winged or grooved (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
(Usually described under the synonym Spergularia marina [e.g., Lesica 2012]) Quebec to British Columbia, south along coast to Florida and locally inland to central New York, Illinois, Texas, and New Mexico. West coast from Washington to southern California. Also in Eurasia, Baja California, and South America. Records of this species from coastal regions of North America are native, while inland occurrences are adventive due to the use of de-icing salt, except at natural saltsprings where it may be native (Argus and White 1982).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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Fine-textured saline or alkaline soil around wetlands; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • 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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