E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Cherleria biflora (L.) Schinz & Thell.
mountain sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot and branching stem-base; forming mats up to 15 cm across; flowering stems erect, simple to few branched, glandular, 2-5 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear, 2-10 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, 1-nerved, glabrous to slightly hairy; stem leaves opposite, 2-3 pairs, linear, 2-8 mm long; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary or paired flowers; petals 5, white, narrowly oblong, 2-4.5 mm long; sepals 5, linear-oblong, rounded to obtuse and sometimes purplish at the tips, prominently 3-nerved, 2-4 mm long.
Capsules cylindric, 2.5-5 mm long, 3-valved; seeds 0.6-0.8 mm long, reddish-brown, smooth to minutely roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry, calcareous gravelly to rocky slopes in the alpine zone; infrequent in N and SE BC; N to AK, YT and NT and E to PQ.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cherleria biflora

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1510 2067 2490
Slope Gradient (%) 7 17 45
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
80 222 345
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(1), BAFA(2), ESSF(2), IMA(4)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Minuartia biflora (L.) Schinz & Thell.

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