Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Spergularia rubra (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl image
Photographer: Robert W. Freckmann           

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Family Caryophyllaceae
Spergularia rubra (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl
red sand spurry, roadside sand spurry
Spergularia: Latin derivative of Spergula
rubra: Latin for red
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect/prostrate, annual/perennial, 4"-12" tall, succulent forb with many branches
Flower: pink, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/4" wide, petals shorter than the sepals; inflorescence on long stalks from the leaf axils; blooms May-Aug.
Fruit:capsule with wingless seed
Leaf:opposite with some secondary leaves, linear, with small papery appendage at the base
Habitat: dry; woods, forests, often in road beds; in sandy, gravelly soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Arenaria rubra L.
Lepigonum rubrum (L.) Wahlenb.
Lepigonum rubrum (L.) Wahlenb. var. perennans Kindb.
Spergularia rubra (L.) J.Presl & C.Presl var. perennans (Kindb.) B.L.Rob.
Tissa rubra (L.) Britton
Tissa rubra (L.) Britton var. perennans (Kindb.) Greene

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