Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Northern Pearlwort - Sagina procumbens   L.
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DistributionMountains only, so far as is known. First collected by E. Schell in 1987 in Mitchell County; then in 2010 by Derick Poindexter in Alleghany County. A collection from Iredell County by Mordecai Hyams conceals the plant within a packet; thus the ID cannot be checked online. The native/alien status of NC plants is unsettled.

Native of Europe; in N.A. Greenland to AK, south to NC, AR, CO, CA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoadside brick walkway (Alleghany Co.); gravel parking lot on Roan Mountain (Mitchell Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationThis species is tiny in stature and easily overlooked. It is very similar to the common native "belly plant" S. decumbens, but the small white flowers have 4 petals and stamens (vs. 5 in S. decumbens).
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State RankSE *
Global RankG5
State StatusW4
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