West Highland Flora

Greater Sea Spurrey


Spergularia media

 

Spergularia media
Flower 12 mm across

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Locally frequent on the shore

Flower diameter c 8-13 mm

ID: Leaves fleshy, semi-cylindrical.  Almost all seeds in any given capsule have a broad winged border.  Petals normally longer than sepals (but this is a dodgy character with Skye sea-spurreys).  10 stamens in most flowers.

Other features: Lesser Sea Spurrey has similar leaves, but has flowers < 9 mm, petals normally shorter than sepals, 8 stamens or less, and few if any winged seeds in each capsule.  Sand and Corn Spurreys have totally different leaves.

 

Spergularia media

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jul 2004 Uig, Skye
Corolla c 10 mm across at widest

  Spergularia media

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Close-up of leaves and stems

 

Spergularia media

Photo Carl Farmer
1 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

  Spergularia media

Photo Carl Farmer
7 Jul 2004 Uig, Skye
Ruler divisions 1 mm

Seeds, showing the papery wings


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