Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Fourleaf Allseed - Polycarpon tetraphyllum   (L.) L.
Members of Caryophyllaceae:
Only member of Polycarpon in NC.
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Author(L.) L.
DistributionA single photographic record in known: Dare County, NPS campground at Oregon Inlet, June 2018, by B. Finzel. The plants were photographed, and photos were sent to UNC Chapel Hill for identification. Plans to collect physical specimens were aborted by the COVID-19 virus restrictions.

Native of the Mediterranean region; in N.A. NC to FL and AL; TX, CA, B.C.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatInterdune flat, developed for a campground and parking lot.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June.
IdentificationFourleaf Allseed is a generally prostrate, much-branched, mat-forming plant. The leaves occur in whorls of 4 (or opposite), the blades elliptical and a maximum of 1/2-inch long. The numerous flowers occur in many small terminal cymes, the small green sepals and white petals about the same size.
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B. FinzelOregon Inlet Campground, June 2018. DareBILOther_non_natural
B. FinzelOregon Inlet Campground, June 2018. DareBILOther_non_natural
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