CYPHEL

Minuartia sedoides

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce

Ben Lawers, Scotland. Photo: © John Phandaal Law
A rare plant that grows on mountains only in the North of Scotland, mainly in the west, occurring down to sea-level in the furthest reaches. A very low mat-forming plant to 8cm high.


Ben Lawers, Scotland. Photo: © John Phandaal Law
Mid-green leaves linear-lanceolate, between 3.5 to 6mm long.


Ben Lawers, Scotland. Photo: © John Phandaal Law
A crowded plant, flowers amidst the low mat of leaves, barely reaching above. Flowers are mainly petal-less, but when present are usually shorter than the yellow to yellow-green sepals, of which number five. When present there are also five of those. There are 3 styles.


Some similarities to : Mossy Sandwort (Arenaria balearica) another mat-forming perennial which, at 5cm, is potentially shorter than Cyphel (up to 8cm) but unlike Cyphel, the petals are white and much longer than the sepals, and moreover usually present, and the leaves are ovate to rounded (rather than the linear-lanceolate of Cyphel).

Slight resemblance to : Moss Campion (Silene acaulis) but that is taller still at 10cm, with petals present and reddish and moreover nicked. This grows in similar mountain-top places in the North-West of Scotland such as rocky ledges and scree and also near the sea at the furthest reaches.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : see captions

A rare native low-growing perennial plant that only occurs in the North of Scotland where it grown on the tops of high mountains on damp rocky ledges and slopes, mainly in the west and down to sea-level height at the furthest reaches.


  Minuartia sedoides  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Minuartia
Minuartia
(Sandworts)

CYPHEL

Minuartia sedoides

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]