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Spergularia media (L.) C. Presl var. media
Habit: Annual or short-lived perennial herb, stout. Stem: lower main generally 1--4 mm diam. Leaf: clearly fleshy; axillary clusters generally 0; stipules 2.6--6 mm, inconspicuous, deltate, dull white, tip obtuse to +- acute. Inflorescence: simple or 1--2+ × compound, glabrous or sparsely glandular-hairy. Flower: sepals fused 0.3--1 mm, lobes 2.5--5 mm, in fruit < 7 mm; petals white; stamens 9--10; styles 0.5--1 mm. Fruit: (4.5)5.5--8 mm, 1.2--1.4 × calyx. Seed: 0.8--1.1 mm, dark brown, generally winged; surface +- smooth, not papillate. Chromosomes: 2n=18,36.
Ecology: Salt flats, salt marshes, sandy beaches; Elevation: < 2 m. Bioregional Distribution: n CCo (Marin, Contra Costa cos.), SCo (Riverside Co.); Distribution Outside California: Oregon, eastern North America; South America; native to coastal Europe, Asia, Mediterranean. Flowering Time: Summer--fall
Synonyms: Spergularia maritima(All.) Chiov.
Unabridged Note: 4 other varieties, native to coastal Europe, Asia, Mediterranean, introduced widely. Although proposal to reject Spergularia media as a confused name was rejected, some still prefer the name Spergularia maritima (All.) Chiov.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Spergularia marina
Next taxon: Spergularia platensis var. platensis
Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2017. Spergularia media var. media, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=82540, accessed on January 19, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 19, 2017.