Arenaria humifusa


Fl. Lapp., 129. 1812.

Common names: Creeping sandwort sabline rampante
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 52. Mentioned on page 53, 54.

Plants perennial, matted. Tap-roots filiform; rhizomes weak, slender, 0.5–15+ cm. Stems 5–40+, flowering stems erect to ascending, green, 2–8(–10) cm; internodes terete to angular, 1/2–4 times as long as leaves, shiny, glabrous or occasionally sparsely stipitate-glandular at distalmost internodes. Leaves connate basally, with scarious sheath 0.2–0.3 mm, sessile; blade weakly to prominently 1-veined, narrowly oblong or elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 2–12 × 1–3 mm, subsucculent, margins thickened, herbaceous, shiny, smooth, apex blunt to acute, prominently pustulate or not, glabrous; axillary leaf clusters absent. Inflorescences terminal, open, leafy, 1–3-flowered cymes or often flowers solitary. Pedicels erect in fruit, 1–10 mm, minutely retrorsely pubescent to stipitate-glandular. Flowers: sepals green, 3-veined, 2 lateral veins 1/2–3/4 times as long as midvein, more prominent in fruit, not keeled, ovate (herbaceous portion ovate), 2.5–4 mm, not enlarging in fruit, apex obtuse or somewhat acute, not pustulate, glabrous; petals oblanceolate, 3–4 mm, ± 11/2 times as long as sepals, apex acute. Capsules tightly enclosed by calyx, broadly ellipsoid, 4–4.5 mm, ca. 11/4 times as long as sepals. Seeds 12–18, brown, reniform, compressed, 0.5–0.7 mm, shiny, faintly rugulose. 2n = 40, 44 (both Europe).

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Moist, calcareous gravels and rock crevices
Elevation: 0-100 m


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Greenland, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Man., Nfld. and Labr., N.W.T., N.S., Nunavut, Ont., P.E.I., Que., Europe.


Arenaria humifusa is similar to A. longipedunculata, but is smaller in some dimensions than that species.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Ronald L. Hartman +, Richard K. Rabeler +  and Frederick H. Utech +
Wahlenberg +
Creeping sandwort +  and sabline rampante +
Greenland +, St. Pierre and Miquelon +, Man. +, Nfld. and Labr. +, N.W.T. +, N.S. +, Nunavut +, Ont. +, P.E.I. +, Que. +  and Europe. +
0-100 m +
Moist, calcareous gravels and rock crevices +
Flowering spring–summer. +
Spergulastrum +
Arenaria humifusa +
Arenaria +
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