Sandwort, Fine-leaved

Information on Fine-leaved Sandwort

Common Name: Fine-leaved Sandwort
Scientific Name: Sabulina tenuifolia
Irish Name: Gaineamhlus mín
Family Group: Caryophyllaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Fine-leaved Sandwort is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.

This is a really small species – 20cm tall at most – and it is also rare. It is a slender, erect, glabrous (hairless) annual which is found in dry stony ground, on walls and sandy soil. It bears 5mm flowers with white-edged sepals longer than the 5 white petals. The leaves are very narrow and pointed, about 8mm long. It is an introduced member of the Campion family (Caryophyllaceae) which flowers from June to August. 

I first saw this species in June 2015 on a BSBI Field Trip in Co Kilkenny with Roger Goodwillie, BSBI Vice-county Recorder. It was in a disused quarry where the ground was very sandy. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Previously known as Minuartia hybrida.


Sandwort, Fine-leaved
Sandwort, Fine-leaved
Sandwort, Fine-leaved