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Honckenya peploides subsp. major (L.) Ehrh. (Hook.) Hultén
seabeach sandwort (seaside sandplant)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Succulent perennial herb from a deep taproot and slender rhizomes; forming mats to 80 cm across or more; stems numerous, trailing, usually freely branching, glabrous, flowering stems prostrate to erect, 5-40 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, 3-10 pairs or more, from lanceolate to egg-shaped, sharp-pointed to obtuse, 1-4 cm long, 3-20 mm wide, fleshy, yellowish-green, glabrous, often with sterile axillary shoots; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary or a few flowers in the upper leaf axils, perfect or unisexual; petals 5, greenish-white, egg-shaped, 2-3 mm long; sepals 5, egg-shaped to lanceolate, 4-7 mm long, glabrous.
Capsules globose or nearly so, 6-10 mm long, 3- to 5-valved; seeds chestnut brown, 3-4.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist sandy beaches and grassy shorelines in the lowland zone; common along the coast; N to AK, YT and NT and S to NW OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arenaria peploides var. major Hook.
Arenaria peploides var. maxima Fern.
Honckenya oblongifolia Torr. & A. Gray
Honckenya peploides var. major (Hook.) Abrams

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