Spergularia marina

Family (Traditional)Caryophyllaceae
Species:Spergularia marina (L.) Besser
Common NameCorn spurrey
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; Duration: Biennial; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Pink; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 7; Ovules per Carpel: 13+; Perianth Present: Yes; Placentation Type: Free Central; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value
StatusNative; AGCP (OBL), EMP (OBL) (NWPL)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Spergularia alata Spergularia alata Wieg.
Spergularia leiosperma Spergularia leiosperma (Kindb.) F. Schmidt
Spergularia marina Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb.
Spergularia marina var. leiosperma Spergularia marina var. leiosperma (Kindb.) Guerke
Spergularia marina var. marina Spergularia marina var. marina (L.) Griseb.
Spergularia marina var. simonii Spergularia marina var. simonii O.& I. Deg.
Spergularia marina var. tenuis Spergularia marina var. tenuis (Greene) R.P. Rossb.
Spergularia salina Spergularia salina J. Presl & C. Presl
Spergularia salina var. salina Spergularia salina var. salina J. Presl & C. Presl
Spergularia salina var. tenuis Spergularia salina var. tenuis (Greene) Jepson
Spergularia sparsiflora Spergularia sparsiflora (Greene) A. Nels.
Spergularia tenuis var. involucrata Spergularia tenuis var. involucrata B.L. Robins.
Tissa marina Tissa marina (L.) Britt.
Tissa tenuis Tissa tenuis Greene

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Boone (KY)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: KNK

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31973000008766 Boone Kentucky
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