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Minuartia patula (Pitcher's stitchwort)
Cressler, Alan

Minuartia patula

Minuartia patula (Michx.) Mattf.

Pitcher's Stitchwort, Slender Sandwort, Spreading Sandwort, Lime Barren Sandwort, Glade Sandwort

Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)

Synonym(s): Arenaria patula, Sabulina patula

USDA Symbol: MIPA6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

State-listed Endangered species in IN and OH. State-listed Threatened species in IL. A winter annual.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Base: Clasping
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: 2 to 12 inches in height.
Leaf: Connate-overlapping proximally.
Fruit: A 3-valved capsule. Seeds: dark reddish brown to black, very small (about 0.5mm in diameter).

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MN , MO , MS , OH , OK , PA , TN , TX , VA , WI
Native Distribution: US Southeast, Mississippi River valley states, Great Lake states and eastern Great Plains.
Native Habitat: Mostly on shallow, calcareous soils on barrens, limestone glades and on limestone bluffs. In the Ozark Mountains it also occurs in soils on sandstone and granitic substrates.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Minuartia patula in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Minuartia patula in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Minuartia patula


Record Modified: 2014-06-26
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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