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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Annual, perennial herb, erect to mat-forming, taprooted. Leaf: not congested at base of flowering stems; blades narrowly lanceolate to ovate; veins 1–5. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; flowers 1–many; peduncles, pedicels 1–50 mm. Flower: sepals 5, ± free, 1.5–4 mm, ± lanceolate to widely ovate, glabrous to glandular-hairy; petals 0 or 5, 1.5–6 mm, entire; stamens 10; styles 3, 0.5–2 mm. Fruit: capsule, ovoid to urn-shaped; teeth 6, ascending to recurved. Seed: 8–20, gray- or dark brown.
210 species: northern temperate, especially mountains, South America, Eurasia. (Latin: sand, a common habitat) [Hartman, Rabeler, & Utech 2005 FNANM 5:51–56] Based in part on molecular evidence, most taxa moved to Eremogone.
Unabridged references: [McNeill 1980 Rhodora 82:495–502; Hartman, Rabeler, & Utech 2005 FNANM 5:51–56]
Unabridged note: Based in part on molecular evidence, taxa in 2 of McNeill's subgenera here included in Eremogone.

Key to Arenaria

1. Annual; leaf blade ± ovate, veins generally 3–5 ..... A. serpyllifolia var. serpyllifolia

1' Perennial herb; leaf blade lanceolate to oblanceolate to linear or needle-shaped, vein ± 1

2. Flowers few to many in cyme, terminal or axillary; petals 1.5–3.5 mm; stem rounded, dull, hairs minute, down-curved ..... A. lanuginosa var. saxosa

2' Flower 1, axillary; petals 5–6 mm; stem angled or grooved, shiny, glabrous except at nodes ..... A. paludicola


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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