Spergularia rubra

(Red Sandspurry)


Spergularia rubram, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5624


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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