Canadian sand-spurry

Spergularia canadensis

Range: Common in coastal BC; var. canadensis ranges N of Vancouver Island to AK and along the Atlantic Coast, var. occidentalis ranges from Vancouver Island south to N CA.

Description: Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect or ascending to decumbent, 4-30 cm tall/long.  Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, linear, somewhat fleshy, 1-4.5 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, more or less glabrous, blunt or pointed at tipInflorescence of few to many flowers in a leafy cluster; petals 5, white or pink, 1-3 mm long.

Ecology:  Wet to moist coastal mud flatsn tidal marshes, and sandy coastal beaches, saline or brackish soil.

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Sources:  

  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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