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Nov 23, 2011 2:58 PM

Can anyone help with these microflowers?

I realise this is a forum for UK wild life but I cannot find anywhere else to get help with these plants. If someone can partially identify the plants - maybe just the family - that would be a help.


These plants were found on the margins of a reservoir near Madrid. They or their seeds spend a lot of time submerged (when the reservoir is full) and then a lot of time in semi-desert conditions on sandy soil. I found about 4 very similar species, differing mainly in the colour of their sepals (red and white in the attached photos). The ruler is a cm/mm ruler so you can see the closed flowers are less than 1mm and the open flowers are about 1.5mm.


The flowers have 5 petals and 5 stamens (or 5 pairs of stamens it's very hard to tell). The leaves are succulent but not hairy.


Any help would be appreciated.

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    Nov 23, 2011 3:13 PM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: Can anyone help with these microflowers?


    your plant is actually also a British native, although admittedly an extremely rare one! It is Corrigiola littoralis L. - the Shoreweed (Caryophyllaceae). It is naturally found on lake margins, but also sometimes on railway track ballast - its only recent British native locality at on spot on the shore at Slapton Ley on the S. Devon coast. It is more widely distributed elsewhere in Europe.

    Best wishes


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