[Arenaria macrophylla Hook.]
Etymology: Moehringia: for Paul Heinrich Gerhard, 18th century German botanist
Plants: weakly erect, perennial, 2"-10" tall forb; leafy, hairy stems; from colony forming rhizomes
Leaves: lance-like to elliptic usually with a pointed tip, 3/4"-2" long
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, petals about 4 times as long as the sepals, sepals lance-like with pointed tips; inflorescence with 1-5 stalked flowers in a branched cluster (cyme); blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: capsule shorter than the sepals, round to oblong with 6 silts opening only to middle when mature; seeds with a small appendage
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.