West Highland Flora

Alpine Pearlwort


Sagina saginoides

 

Sagina saginoides

Photo © John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jun 2002 Krånipa, Norway)

Rare on mountain scree and rock ledges

Flower diameter c 3-5 mm.  Leaves c 5-18 mm

ID: Flowers with 10 stamens and 4-5 styles, petals about as long as sepals.  Differs from Heath Pearlwort in not having central non-flowering rosettes, and in most leaves ending in a point less than half as long as the width of the leaf.

Other features: Plant hairless.  Petals often slightly notched.  Sepals appressed in ripe fruit.

Note that both Heath Pearlwort and Procumbent Pearlwort occur in the same mountain habitats where one would look for Alpine Pearlwort, and are both much commoner than it.

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Sagina saginoides

Photo © John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jun 2002 Krånipa, Norway)

 

Sagina saginoides

Photo © Craig Robson
(17 July 2004 Ben Lawers)

  Sagina saginoides

Photo © Craig Robson
(17 July 2004 Ben Lawers)


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