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Honckenya peploides (L.) Ehrh.
Sea-beach Sandwort (seabeach sandwort; seaside sandplant)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Honckenya peploides
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Honckenya peploides ssp. major

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


Ecological Framework for Honckenya peploides

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) 0 1 2
Slope Gradient (%) 0 2 5
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 2
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: CWH(3)

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