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Annual, perennial herb, tufted to matted, taprooted. Leaf: linear to awl-shaped, generally not fleshy; vein 0–1. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary; flower 1; pedicels 2–30 mm. Flower: sepals 4–5, free, 1.3–3.5 mm, lanceolate to ovate, glabrous to glandular-hairy; petals 0 or 4–5, 1–3 mm, entire or notched; stamens 4, 5, 8, 10; styles 4–5, 0.1–0.6 mm. Fruit: capsule, ovoid; valves 4–5, spreading to recurved. Seed: many, generally obliquely triangular, ± compressed, brown or red-brown.
± 25 species: northern temperate, tropical mountains. (Latin: fatten, from early use as forage) [Crow 2005 FNANM 5:140–147]

Key to Sagina

1. Annual, often glandular-hairy on pedicels, sepals, or both; sterile basal rosettes 0; stem thread-like; pedicels ± straight

2. Upper leaves minutely ciliate near base; sepals 4(5); petals 0(4), minute, < sepals ..... S. apetala

2' Upper leaves glabrous; sepals generally 5; petals generally 5, ± = sepals ..... S. decumbens subsp. occidentalis

1' Perennial herb, generally glabrous; sterile basal rosettes often present; stem not thread-like; pedicels often recurved in flower, straight in fruit

3. Sepals 4(5), spreading to ascending in fruit; petals 0 or 1/4–1/2 × sepals ..... S. procumbens

3' Sepals 5, ± appressed in fruit; petals 3/4–1 × sepals

4. Leaves fleshy, widely linear; sepals generally 2.5–3.5 mm ..... S. maxima subsp. crassicaulis

4' Leaves not fleshy, narrowly linear; sepals 1.5–2.5 mm

5. Leaf margins glabrous, base pairs not forming cup ..... S. saginoides

5' Leaf margins minutely glandular, base pairs forming cup ..... [S. subulata]


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