Herniaria ciliolata Caryophyllaceae Fringed Rupturewort

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Description - A small, creeping plant, forming mats. The flowers are unexciting, consisting of greenish bunches of sepals, with anthers protruding. Small oval, slightly fleshy leaves occur in opposite groups up the stem, with a margin of minute hairs. The base of the stems can become quite woody.

Habitat - Poor, sandy soil, in coastal grassland, where turf is very short.

Comments - Rather rare in Guernsey, all recent records are from the north of the island. It only grows in the extreme south of Cornwall, there are no recent records from the other islands, but a different subspecies has been noted in Jersey.

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