Spergularia rubra

(Red Sandspurry)

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Spergularia rubram, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5624

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Spergularia rubram, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5640

Scientific Name Spergularia rubra USDA PLANTS Symbol SPRU
Common Name Red Sandspurry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20153
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 11500 ft.); dry, sunny locations in disturbed areas, clearings and roadsides.
Plant: Erect or low-growing, prostrate annual or short-lived perennial, 1/2 to 2 inches tall, stems 2 to 10 inches long.
Leaves: Narrow linear, pointed fleshy leaves up to 5/8-inch long.
Inflorescence: Pink flowers less than 1/2-inch across, 5 oval petals becoming white near base, 5 pointed green/reddish sepals; six to ten yellow stamens.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: SEINet and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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Colorado Status:
Introduced

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