Drymaria molluginea (Lag.) Didr.
Family: Caryophyllaceae
slimleaf drymary,  more...
[Drymaria sperguloides A. Gray]
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Plants annual, herbaceous, glabrous or sparsely glandular, not glaucous. Stems erect, simple or dichotomously branched, 3-25(-30) cm. Leaves mostly appearing whorled; stipules ± persistent, simple, filiform to subulate, 0.5-2 mm; petiole absent or nearly so; blade linear, 1-3(-3.5) cm × 0.5-1.5(-2) mm, base attenuate, apex rounded, sometimes apiculate. Inflorescences terminal or racemose, open, 3-30+-flowered cymes. Pedicels shorter to longer than subtending bracts at maturity. Flowers: sepals with midvein prominent, lateral pair often evident, then arcing outward at midsection and confluent apically, broadly ovate to ± orbiculate (herbaceous portion elliptic to oblong or lanceolate), 2-3.5 mm, subequal, apex obtuse (herbaceous portion similar), hood oblique or at right angles to apex, formed in part by scarious margins, glabrous; petals 4-fid for 2 or less their length, 1.7-2.5 mm, subequal to sepals, lobes 1-veined, vein unbranched, linear, outer pair 1/ 1/ 2 as long as petal trunk, inner pair slightly shorter or, sometimes, greatly reduced or absent, trunk laterally denticulate, base abruptly tapered, apex rounded. Seeds dark brown to purplish, horseshoe-shaped, 0.8-0.9 mm; tubercles minute, rounded. Flowering late summer-early fall. Rocky to sandy soil; 2100-2400 m; Ariz., N.Mex., Tex.; Mexico.
FNA 2005, Kearney and Peebles 1969
Duration: Annual Nativity: Native Lifeform: Forb/Herb General: Small, herbaceous annual, glandular, rarely glabrous, not glaucous, with erect stems, if not simple then dichotomously branching (opposite leaves, stems, and branches), to 30 cm tall. Leaves: Whorled, thin and linear with a rounded or pointed tip, tending to cluster at the nodes, stipules persistent, sessile or with a short petiole, leaves to 3 cm long. Cauline leaves appearing whorled. Flowers: White with petals appearing to be of variable shape and size, petals with up to 4 divisions, borne on thin pedicels in a branching, racemose panicle, sometimes only terminal. Fruits: Seeds horseshoe shaped, dark brown to purple. Ecology: Found in rocky to sandy soils, in open places, from 7,000-8,000 ft (2134-2438 m), flowers August-September. Notes: This small plant is noticeable in flower, when the small, rounded flowers protrude above the foliage below. Look for the uneven petals to help identify this species. Ethnobotany: Unknown Etymology: Drymaria comes from the Greek drymos for forest, while molluginea like comes from the genus Mollugo because of whorled leaves that are characteristic of that genus. Synonyms: Alsine molluginea, Arenaria molluginea, Drymaria sperguloides Editor: LCrumbacher, 2011
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