Minuartia drummondii (Shinners) McNeill
Drummond's stitchwort, Sandwort
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
Synonym(s): Arenaria drummondii, Stellaria nuttallii
USDA Symbol: MIDR
Chickweed grows 8–12 inches high and is found in moist, low ground in prairies and open woods. Leaves are opposite, and the stems are enlarged at the joints. The flowers are white, about 1 inch across, and have 5 deeply notched broad petals. The center of the flower is greenish with greenish streakings on the petals. The anthers are yellow.
The name comes from the Latin word arena meaning sand or sandy place.
The species name of this plant is named for Thomas Drummond, (ca. 1790-1835), naturalist, born in Scotland, around 1790. In 1830 he made a trip to America to collect specimens from the western and southern United States. In March, 1833, he arrived at Velasco, Texas to begin his collecting work in that area. He spent twenty-one months working the area between Galveston Island and the Edwards Plateau, especially along the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe rivers. His collections were the first made in Texas that were extensively distributed among the museums and scientific institutions of the world. He collected 750 species of plants and 150 specimens of birds. Drummond had hoped to make a complete botanical survey of Texas, but he died in Havana, Cuba, in 1835, while making a collecting tour of that island.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1018 Collected 2007-05-03 in Harris County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Minuartia drummondii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Minuartia drummondii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Minuartia drummondii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-07-16
Research By: TWC Staff