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

Moehringia lateriflora (L.) Fenzl
blunt-leaved sandwort (bluntleaf sandwort)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a branched stem-base and slender rhizome; stems ascending to erect, several, usually branched, more or less curly or downswept short-hairy or rarely glabrous, 4-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, 3-7 pairs, narrowly elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 3-30 mm long, 2-12 mm wide, rounded to obtuse, lower ones smaller, margins and midrib short rough-hairy, usually short rough-hairy below as well, often with sterile shoots arising in the leaf axils; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of 5-6 flowers in terminal and lateral clusters, occasionally solitary; petals 5 or occasionally 4, white, egg-shaped, 3.5-8 mm long; sepals 5 or occasionally 4, green with white margins, oblong, rounded, 2-3 mm long, usually glabrous.
Capsules nearly globose, 2-4 mm long, 6-valved; seeds smooth, black, shiny, 0.8-1.1 mm long, with a small, fleshy appendage.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry forests and meadows in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to PA, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Moehringia lateriflora

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) 55 1124 2200
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 75
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 202 355
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 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: BAFA(3), BG(1), BWBS(11), ESSF(27), ICH(7), IDF(36), MS(9), PP(3), SBPS(16), SBS(34), SWB(2)


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 montane boreal & cool temperate.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arenaria lateriflora L.
Arenaria lateriflora var. angustifolia (Regel) H. St. John
Arenaria lateriflora var. tayloriae H. St. John

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