Sagina decumbens (Ell.) T. & G. - Trailing Pearlwort

Sagina decumbens plant

Family - Caryophyllaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Sagina decumbens flowerFlower close-up.

Sagina decumbens calyx

Sagina decumbens plantFruiting plant.

Sagina decumbens fruitDehisced fruit.

Flowering - March - April.

Habitat - Fields, pastures, sandy open ground, waste ground.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant is easy to overlook but is quite striking while in flower, despite its minute size. S. decumbens is easy to ID because of its thin opposite leaves, white flowers, and decumbent stems.

Photographs taken in Clermont, FL., 2-12-03, and in Auburn, AL., 3-26-05 and 5-10-05.


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