THREE-NERVED SANDWORT

THREE-VEINED SANDWORT

Moehringia trinervia

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual

10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A straggly annual up to 40cm long but rarely reaching that height on account of rampant agoraphobia, preferring to lie about close to the ground, but can also be erect.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers on long slender stalks. Leaves pointed ovate.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Hairy-edged leaves somewhat wavy. Flower has 5 white petals, and a long white three-pronged stigma.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The five sepals are long and pointed, twice as long as the petals.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A green ovary grows in the centre.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Surrounded by 10 narrow white stamens. Sepals are paler at the edges.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Petals are rounded at the ends.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Stems of leaves may redden. Leaves have three (to five) veins (nerves) and a short spicule at the tip.


10th April 2014, Yarrow Valley Country Park, Adlington, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The nerves are better seen from the rear of the leaf.


The leaves are like those of : Chickweeds, such as Greater Chickweed (Stellaria neglecta) and Water Chickweed (Myosotum aquaticum) but the flowers do not have deep cuts in them as these do but un-like those of any other Sandwort.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

Widespread and fairy common on rich humus soils of ancient woodlands or hedges, but decreasing. There are many Sandworts, many in differing Genera such as Arenaria, Minuartia, Honckenya and this one Moeringia with just one species within.


  Moehringia trinervia  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Moehringia
Moehringia
(Three-Nerved Sandwort)

THREE-NERVED SANDWORT

THREE-VEINED SANDWORT

Moehringia trinervia

Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]