Spergularia media

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Spergularia media
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Spergularia
S. media
Binomial name
Spergularia media

Spergularia maritima

Spergularia media (syn. S. maritima) is a species of flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae (pink family) known by the common names media sandspurry[1] and greater sea-spurrey.[2] It is native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean, where it grows in many types of habitat, including disturbed areas, including places with saline substrates, such as salt marshes and beaches. It is known in many other parts of the world as an introduced species and a common roadside weed. In North America it is a "highway halophyte", often springing up at the margins of roads that are heavily salted in the winter.[3]


It is an annual or perennial herb producing a narrow stem lined with fleshy linear leaves. The small flowers are 8 to 12 mm across with five petals which are usually slightly longer than the sepals.[4] The five petals are oval white or pink-tinged. The tiny seeds have winged margins. It has 10 stamens.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Spergularia maritima". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ Flora of North America
  4. ^ a b Parnell, P. and Curtis, T. 2012. Webb's An Irish Flora. Cork University Press ISBN 978-185918-4783
  5. ^ Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg. 1968. Excursion Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-04656-4

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