Sabulina pusilla (S. Watson) Mattf.
dwarf sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Adolf Ceska     (Photo ID #50339)


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Distribution of Sabulina pusilla
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Species Information

Annual herb from a weak taproot; stems erect, solitary or more usually few, simple to branched, glabrous and more or less glaucous, 2-5 cm tall.
Basal and lower stem leaves opposite, linear, 2-4 mm long, less than 0.5 mm wide, glabrous, obtuse, 1-nerved; upper stem leaves few, similar, not much reduced; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually several flowers in an open, leafy-bracted cluster that is often 4/5 the total height of the plant; petals elliptic, 1-2 mm long, sometimes lacking; sepals lanceolate, long-pointed or abruptly sharp-pointed, 2-3 mm long, 3-nerved.
Capsules egg-shaped, 1-2 mm long, 3-valved; seeds brown, about 0.3 mm long, minutely pimply.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Dry rock cliffs in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Rocky Point, S Vancouver Island; S to ID, AZ and NW CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Minuartia pusilla (S. Watson) Mattf.