SPERGULARIA RUBRA

Family:- CARYOPHYLLACEAE

Common Names:- Sand-spurrey

Synonyms:- For a full list see.
https://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:158983-1
#synonyms

Meaning:- Spergularia (L) Resembling spergula.
                 Rubra (L) Reddish                        
                
General description:- Annual to perennial with a slender to somewhat woody
taproot.

Stems:-
1) 5-25 cm, diffuse, decumbent or procumbent.

Leaves:-
1) Very erect and closely parallel, fasciculate, stipules long lanceolate, scarious
    acuminate, silvery.

Flowers:-
1) Bracts, of the inflorescence almost as large as the leaves.
2) Sepals and petals, 3-4 mm; petals dark purplish-pink.
3) Stamens, (5-)10.

Fruit:-
1) Capsule, 4-5 mm, about equalling the sepals.
2) Seeds c. 05 mm, unwinged, dark brown, almost obtusely 3-angled

Key features:-
1) Axillary dwarf shoots numerous, with long white stipules.
2) Stamens usually 10.
3) Capsule 4-5 mm.

Habitat:- Open, sandy soil, roadside gravel and other disturbed habitats, mountain
dolines. 0-2100 m. The only Greek Spergularia that occurs mainly in inland habitats
and ascends to high altitude.

Distribution:- Throughout Greece - widespread in northern-temperate areas,
introduced in many parts of the southern hemisphere. Its native distribution is
uncertain. On Crete confined a few coastal areas and inland to the Lefka Ori
massif.

Flowering time:- Apr-Aug.

Photos by:- Thomas Giannakis
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