West Highland Flora

Sea Sandwort


Honkenya peploides

 

Honkenya peploides

Photo Carl Farmer
24 June 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye
Flower 6 mm across excluding stamens

Frequent in sandy areas of shore, including those with sand beneath shingle.

Flower 6-10 mm across

ID: Dark green, fleshy, unstalked, opposite leaves with translucent margins and downward-pointing tips.

Other features: Flowers white or greenish, arising singly in axils of leaves or branches.  Flowers can be male (10 stamens), female (3-5 styles, usually 3), or hermaphrodite.  Female flowers have smaller petals than males.  In male flowers (pic on left) long and short stamens alternate. 

Shoots arise from creeping stolons in the sand, the shoots themselves horizontal for much of their length but finally upright.  Habit can appear differently according to whether sand has blown over the plants or away from them.

 

Honkenya peploides

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

  Honkenya peploides

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

     

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