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

Vaccaria hispanica (Mill.) Rauschert
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Vaccaria hispanica
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a slender taproot; stems erect, solitary, branched, glabrous and more or less glaucous, 15-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblong-lanceolate, glabrous, glaucous; stem leaves opposite, lanceolate to oblong, heart-shaped, unstalked, 3-9 cm long, 5-25 mm wide, glabrous, glaucous; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of few to many flowers in open clusters; petals 5, pink, the blade wedge-shaped or egg-shaped, 5-8 mm long; sepals 5, often purplish, united, forming a tube 11-15 mm long, with 5 sharp angles or wings, glabrous.
Capsules globular, 1-celled; seeds reddish-black, globose, 1.7-2.1 mm wide.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry fields and waste places in the steppe and lower montane zones; rare in SW and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Vaccaria pyramidata Medikus

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