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Lesser Sea-spurrey

Spergularia marina

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
5 pink petals whitening towards the centre. Distinguishable from Greater Sea-spurrey in that it has longer sepals than petals, and that it bears smaller, pinker flowers.
Fruit:
A brown oval pod, up to 6mm long. Many-seeded.
Leaves:
Linear, fleshy leaves, in opposite pairs, up to 4cm long.
Maximum Size:
35 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Salt Sandspurry, Saltmarsh Sand Spurry.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Beaches, ditches, roadsides, saltmarshes, seaside.