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

Sabulina rubella (Wahlenb.) Hiern.
boreal sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a small taproot and a branched crown; forming small cushions 4-20 cm across; stems slender, ascending, several, simple to few branched, glandular-hairy, 1-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear-lanceolate, 3-12 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, densely glandular, densely crowded, prominently 3-nerved, bluish-green; stem leaves opposite, 2-6 pairs, 0.3-1.5 cm long, reduced upwards, densely glandular, bluish-green, without clustered secondary leaves in their axils; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of 2-4 flowers in an open cluster, occasionally flowers solitary; petals 5, white or sometimes reddish, oblanceolate, 2.5-5 mm long; sepals 5, often purplish, broadly lanceolate, long-pointed or abruptly sharp-pointed, 2-4 mm long, strongly 3-nerved, glandular.
Capsules narrowly egg-shaped, 3-5 mm long, 3- to 4-valved; seeds kidney-shaped, 0.4-0.6 mm long, light reddish-brown, minutely roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry gravelly slopes, meadows and fellfields in the subalpine and alpine zones; common throughout BC, except rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to NM, NV and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sabulina rubella

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) 870 1979 2630
Slope Gradient (%) 0 29 92
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 196 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 6
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: AT(21), BAFA(37), CMA(1), ESSF(40), ICH(2), IMA(11), MS(4), SBS(5), SWB(7)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Minuartia rubella (Wahlenb.) Hiern.

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