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Alpine Stitchwort Minuartia obtusiloba


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Alpine Stitchwort
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Alternate name: Cushion Sandwort

Family: Caryophyllaceae, Carnation view all from this family

Description A perennial with a mat-forming habit, the slender, leafy stems lying on the ground and ascending at the tip. Leaves are linear and old leaves clothe the stem bases, helping form the mat. Small, white and green flowers occur in terminal racemes.

Flower July - August.

Flower July - August

Habitat Alpine meadows and rocky areas.

Range Labrador to Alaska, south in mountains to New Mexic, Arizona, and through Sierra Nevada in California.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Labrador to Alaska, s. to New Mexico mts. & California Sierras

Site Preference Alpine meadows & rocky areas

Soil Preference Dry, rocky soil.