Botanical name: Spergularia marina Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Arenaria rubra var. marina, Spergularia salina
Salt Sand Spurry is a thin, sprawling annual herb, with fleshy leaves and pink flowers. The plant is very delicate, widely distibuted, grows in alkaline places, sandy areas, salt marshes, very adaptable in its environmental requirements. Stems are branching from the base, 10-30 cm, ascending to erect, glabrescent, glandular. Leaves are fleshy, semi-cylindrical, 9.5-25 x 0.5 mm. Flower are pink, 6-8 mm across. Sepals are 3-5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, with scarious margins. Petals are pink whitish, ovate, blunt, as long or shorter than the sepals. Stamens are 1-5 (rarely up to 8). Capsule is 4-6 mm, ovoid. Seeds 0.7-0.8 mm, ovoid, brown, smooth or tuberculate. Flowering: February-March.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
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