Sagina maritima Don

Sea Pearlwort

Herb. Brit. fasc. 7, no. 155 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Annual with slender taproot, usually glabrous. Stems procumbent to erect, sometimes densely tufted, with or without basal rosette leaves, 2–10 cm long. Leaves rather fleshy, linear, obtuse or acute, often minutely mucronate, rarely ciliate, 3–15 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide. Flowers 4-merous; pedicels more or less erect, glabrous, 2–20 mm long; calyx glabrous, sepals ovate, hooded, obtuse, often with purplish margins, suberect in fruit, 2–3 mm long; petals minute or absent; stamens 4; styles 4. Capsule ovoid, more or less equalling sepals, c. 2.5 mm long; seeds brown, oblique-reniform, more or less grooved dorsally, tuberculate, 0.3–0.5 mm diam. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

GGr, OtP, OtR, VRiv, VVP, *GipP, *Glep, *WaP, *Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to coastal Europe and North Africa. A widespread plant of sandy and rocky places in southern Australia, often near the coast where possibly indigenous.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-10
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Sagina
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sagina maritima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sagina maritima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present uncertain
Victorian Riverina present uncertain
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present uncertain
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Greater Grampians present uncertain
Otway Ranges present uncertain

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales