Moenchia erecta Caryophyllaceae Upright Chickweed

Moenchia erecta 18kb

Description - A small plant, up to 2cm high, disappearing by the summer. It is often overlooked, due to its early appearance, small stature, and the fact that the flowers are somewhat reluctant to open. Petals are white, un-notched, and slightly shorter than the sepals, the latter being conspicuous with a broad white border. The leaves and stem have a glaucous look.

Habitat - Thin, sandy soils, amongst short coastal turf.

Comments - Quite common around the coast in spring, but you may have to resort to hands and knees to find it, amidst other small plants.

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