Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Toormore, Co.Cork

Lesser Sea-spurrey
Spergularia marina
Cabróis mhara bheag
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering: May-September. Annual, sometimes biennial. Native.

5-petaled pink flowers, petals shorter than sepals. White centres. 7 or less stamens. Most seeds without winged borders. Fleshy leaves, semi-cylindrical.
Short stipules. Glandular-hairy, sprawling plant. Height/spread: To 20cm.

Coastal, dryer salt-marshes, sea walls, muddy shingle.

Similar: Greater Sea-spurrey, S. media. More robust plant.
Petals longer than sepals.
     
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