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Scientific Name:Spergularia marina
Lesser Sea-spurrey plant
Lesser Sea-spurrey - plant
Photo: A J Brown

Other Common Names:

Salt Sand-spurrey, Saltmarsh Sand-spurrey, Lesser Sand-spurrey


Native to all States and New Zealand but cosmopolitan in distribution.

Plant Description:

Annual with a slender taproot and stems to 35 cm long. Leaves linear, fleshy and more or less obtuse. Stipules also obtuse. Flowers rose-purple with white bases to the petals, usually shorter than the 2.5-4 mm sepals which have a prominent blackish-red dot at their base. Stamens usually number 2-5. Capsules slightly longer than the sepals, containing 0.6-0.8 mm long, orange brown to deep red-brown, winged and unwinged seeds which have a thickened rim covered in tiny translucent bumps (or papillea).


Mostly growing on coastal cliffs, saltmarshes and inland saline wetlands.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
Mallee, Loddon Murray, Central and Northern, Wimmera, Western, GippslandS2, S3, S4W2, W3


A number of Sea- or Sand-spurrey species occur in Victoria and can be difficult to tell apart. A simplified key to Spergularia species can be accessed here –
Key to species

Lesser Sea-spurrey Photos

Lesser Sea-spurrey flower
Lesser Sea-spurrey - flower
Photo: A J Brown
Lesser Sea-spurrey with Lax Saltmarsh-grass
Lesser Sea-spurrey with Lax Saltmarsh-grass
Photo: A J Brown

Lesser Sea-spurrey flower leaves
Lesser Sea-spurrey - leaves

Photo: A J Brown

Lesser Sea-spurrey - mature capsules
Lesser Sea-spurrey - mature capsules
Photo: A J Brown

Lesser Sea-spurrey flower buds
Lesser Sea-spurrey - flower buds
Photo: A J Brown

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