BLINKS

Montia fontana

Blinks Family [Montiaceae]

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10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
On the edge of shallow lapping water.


10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A sprawling low plant, likes to be wet.


10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The stems reddish to flesh coloured. Leaves small, oval and opposite in pairs. Very succulent-like. A very variable plant.


10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Several small flower buds on short stalks visible in the frame, some turning to seed.


10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A flower bud on a short translucent almost transparent stalk.


10th July 2009, West shores Coniston Water, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The leaves may also turn reddish on the obverse.


 Montia fontana ssp. chondrosperma

19th May 2013, Bramshott Common, North Hampshire. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
 A much rarer sub-species found in less that 250 hectads. It's leaves are usually broader than other species of Blinks.

Sub-species : Four sub-species exist, all with the common name of Blinks. Montia fontana subsp. amporitana, Montia fontana subsp. chondrosperma, Montia fontana subsp. fontana, Montia fontana subsp. variabilis which would account for the observed large variability of Blinks. According to the BSBI distribution maps, the photographs above could belong to either Montia fontana itself or to subsp. fontana or to subsp. variabilis, but most likely to Montia fontana itself, for only that was recorded as extant at the location in the decade the photographs were taken.

Some similarities to : Succulents such as Roseroot.

The Montia Genus, of which Blinks is a member, was once ascribed to the Portulaceae (Purslane Family), but on closer inspection has since been moved to a new Montiaceae (Blinks Family).

Habitat is bare wet places, usually with shallow lapping water which may occasionally recede leaving the ground just damp rather than wet. Sometimes on damp mud, sometimes floating in shallow water, sometimes only seasonally damp. It is a very variable plant, sometimes erect, sometimes prostrate, sometimes a matted cushion. An annual or perennial. It avoids lime.

Flowers are on short stalks, very small, with five short white petals similar in appearance to those of English Scurvygrass but with five rather than four petals.

It was almost ubiquitous throughout the UK save for central Ireland and the 'Home Counties' but is now in decline as are a great many other plants.


  Montia fontana  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Montiaceae  

Distribution
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 BSBI maps
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Montia
(Blinks)

BLINKS

Montia fontana

Blinks Family [Montiaceae]

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