Lysimachia maritima (L.) Galasso, Banfi & Soldano
sea-milkwort (sea milkwort)
Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
(Previously in Primulaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Lysimachia maritima
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Species Information

Perennial fleshy herb from a shallow rhizome, smooth and often glaucous throughout; stems ascending-erect, several, branched from below, 3-30 cm tall, leafy to the tip.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves crowded, opposite below and alternate above, unstalked, egg-shaped to oblong, 1.5-10 mm long, 5-25 mm wide, jointed at the bases, blunt to barely pointy-tipped.
Inflorescence of small, inconspicuous, solitary, axillary, unstalked to stalked flowers; corollas membranous and much shorter than the calyces or lacking; calyces cup-shaped, 4-5 mm long, white or pinkish, 5-lobed, the lobes petal-like, egg-shaped, about equalling the tubes; stamens 5, alternate with the calyx lobes.
Capsules, about 2.5 mm long, opening by valves the full length; seeds several, flattened, shed with the placenta as a unit.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Tideflats, coastal marshes and beaches, interior alkaline marshes and wet meadows in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in coastal, NC and E BC, less frequent elsewhere; circumpolar, widespread in arctic and temperate NA; Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Glaux maritima L.
Glaux maritima subsp. maritima L.
Glaux maritima subsp. obtusifolia L.