SPRING SANDWORT

Minuartia verna

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

month8may month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8aug

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8green
inner
inner8mauve inner8indigo
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce

15th May 2008, Warton Crag, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A matt of Springwort on dry bare ground.


15th May 2008, Warton Crag, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are short, numerous and linear, similar in shape to pine needles, each tipped with a bristle.


15th May 2008, Warton Crag, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
May flowers are unopened. The stems are slightly hairy often downy. Linear leaves, three-veined.


15th May 2008, Warton Crag, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The five sepals are white-edged. Flowering stems fork off in pairs amidst the whorls of leaves.


15th May 2008, Warton Crag, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers white with five petals and ten or so stamens splayed out, each tipped with purple anthers. Petals are usually longer than the sepals. The greenish centre has three stigmas.


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

Easily confused with : other Sandworts.

Many similarities to : Mossy Saxifrage (Saxifraga hypnoides) but that is taller at 20cm (rather than only the 5 of Spring Sandwort), has flowers that droop in bud, has short glandular hairs, has ten stamens with yellow pollen) (rather than the 5 purple ones of Spring Sandwort).

Not to be semantically confused with : Sand Spurrey, Sand Catchfly, Sand Crocus, Sand Pansy, Sand Leek, [plants with similar names]

Easily mis-identified as : Heath Pearlwort

No relation to : Sea Sandwort [a plant with similar name belonging to the same family].


  Minuartia verna  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Minuartia
Minuartia
(Sandworts)

SPRING SANDWORT

Minuartia verna

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]