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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

Montia fontana
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Montia fontana
Montia fontana
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Montia fontana

Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma
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Montia fontana ssp chondrosperma

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Cintractiaceae  Tolyposporium montiae @ BPI (2)
Glomosporiaceae  Sorosporium montiae @ BPI (5)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia agnita @ BPI (1)

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5. Montia fontana Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 87. 1753.

Water blinks

Claytonia hallii A. Gray; Montia clara Ö. Nilsson; M. funstonii Rydberg; M. hallii (A. Gray) Greene; M. minor C. C. Gmelin

Plants annual or biennial, never bulbiferous. Stems prostrate or decumbent, 1-30 cm, freely rooting at nodes, forming mats. Leaves opposite, sessile; blade oblanceolate to rhombic, 2-20 × 0.5-10 mm. Inflorescences leafy. Flowers 1-8, slightly bilateral; sepals 1-1.5 mm; petals 5, connate proximally, white, unequal, 1-2 mm; stamens 3, anther pink or yellow. Seeds 0.7-1.2 mm, tuberculate; elaiosome present. 2 n = 20, 40.

Flowering spring. Pools, springs, meadows, other wet or moist places; 0-3700 m; Greenland; St. Pierre and Miquelon; B.C., Man., N.B., Nfld. and Labr., N.S., Nunavut, N.W.T., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Yukon; Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Maine, Mass., Mont., Nev., N.H., N.Y., Oreg., Utah, Vt., Wash., Wyo.; Central America; South America; Europe; Asia; Africa; Arctic regions.

Montia fontana displays a multitude of forms varying in stature, leaf shape, and seed size. Segregate species, varieties, and subspecies have been named. Based on my study of worldwide collections of the species, much variation in M. fontana is attributable to phenotypic differentiation of ramets produced by local environmental conditions and unrelated to genetic variation. Until macromolecular or other studies shed light on the variation in M. fontana , it seems pointless to recognize infraspecific taxa or segregate species.

SELECTED REFERENCES

Moore, D. M. 1963. The subspecies of Montia fontana L. Bot. Not. 116: 16-30. Walters, S. M. 1953. Montia fontana L. Watsonia 3: 1-6.

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