KNOTTED PEARLWORT

Sagina nodosa

Carnation & Campion Family [Caryophyllaceae]  

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statusZnative
flower
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inner
inner8green
morph
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petals
petalsZ5
stem
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2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A low straggly plant with a tangle of stems growing in sand amidst a few other plants.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
With five white petals on longish 'stalks'.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
It may be the largest-flowered Pearlwort, but it is still quite small, only 5 - 10mm across. Leaves short, linear and blunt, much shorter than those of Heath Pearlwort.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers between 5 and 10mm across, with 10 white stamens bearing white to fawnish anthers.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Stems may be reddened on one side. Five (sometimes only 4) white petals twice as long as the light-green sepals behind.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves in tight knot-like bundles up the stem. The whole plant barely 5cm above the ground.


2nd July 2009, above the strandline, Southport coast, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Growing with Common Centaury and other plants just above the strandline.


Not to be confused with: Pearly Everlasting [a plant of similar name]

Superficial resemblance to : other low flowers with five petals such as Rock Spurrey and Common Centaury which are both found near the sea but those have lilac flowers amongst the many other differences.

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Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

This is the largest flowered Pearlwort amongst at least six others. The only other Pearlwort likely to be found on the beach is Sea Pearlwort, with Heath Pearlwort coming a far second, but Knotted Pearlwort can also grow in damp, grassy or rather bare places as well as peaty, sandy or gravelly places.


  Sagina nodosa  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

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 family8Pink family8Carnation family8Campion family8Caryophyllaceae

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Sagina
(Pearlworts)

KNOTTED PEARLWORT

Sagina nodosa

Carnation & Campion Family [Caryophyllaceae]  

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