Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4299

Forb
Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed ground, fields, cracks in pavement or sidewalks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves sessile
Margins entire

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping]

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Principally 5-merous
5 sepals
5 petals
3-10 stamens

Inflorescence a scorpioid cyme appearing racemose

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Sagina decumbens   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sagina decumbens ssp. decumbens   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 071-10-001:
Sagina decumbens   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sagina decumbens

 

COMMON NAME:
Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort


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image of Sagina decumbens, Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    wik_s_decumbens_bb_1913

        

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image of Sagina decumbens, Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_decumbens1

April        


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Juniperleaf (Polypremum) and Pearlwort (Sagina)

image of Sagina decumbens, Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_decumbens1b

April        

Leaves joined at the base, linear, to 1/2" long, bristle-tipped, smooth, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Sagina decumbens, Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_decumbens2

April        

Its numerous basal branches are erect to spreading and about 3-4" tall, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Sagina decumbens, Trailing Pearlwort, Eastern Pearlwort, Annual Pearlwort

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_decumbens2b

April        

Though the petals are spreading, the open flower is barely 1/5" across, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.