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Eremogone capillaris (Poir.) Fenzl
Slender Mountain Sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Eremogone capillaris var. americana

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot and slender, branched stem-base; stems numerous, erect to ascending, tufted, usually glaucous, glabrous below and glandular-hairy on the upper stems and in the inflorescence, 5-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves many, grasslike, erect or ascending to somewhat lax, rather soft, sharply pointed, toothed along the margins, 2-6 cm long, 0.5-1 mm wide, 1-nerved, finely fringed to glabrous; stem leaves opposite, grasslike, reduced upwards, 2-5 pairs, to 4 cm long; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of 1-3 flowers in small open clusters; petals 5, white, egg-shaped, 5-9 mm long; sepals 5, 3-5 mm long, egg-shaped, the margins membranous and often violet-tinged, obtuse or abruptly sharp-pointed.
Capsules egg-shaped, 5-8 mm long, sparsely glandular, 6-valved; seeds 1.5-2 mm long, kidney-shaped, flattened, slightly warty.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands, meadows and forest openings from the steppe to alpine zones; common in SC and SE BC, rare on Vancouver Island; E to AB and S to MT, NV and N OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Eremogone capillaris

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 170 1983 2630
Slope Gradient (%) 0 34 140
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 172 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 7
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(171), BAFA(4), BG(1), CMA(2), ESSF(520), ICH(10), IDF(45), IMA(35), MH(1), MS(70), PP(4)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arenaria capillaris Poiret
Arenaria capillaris var. americana Maguire

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