Sea Milkwort
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Sea Milkwort
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Sea Milkwort
Botanical name: Lysimachia maritima    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Synonyms: Glaux maritima

Sea Milkwort is a perennial herb with a prostrate to ascending and branched stem, 4-20 cm long. The leaves are fleshy, 5-12 mm long, 2.5-5.5 mm broad, stalkless, entire, lanceshaped to ovate. The flowers are solitary in leaf axils, barely peeping out from the subtending leaf, lilac or pink, flower-stalk 1-1.5 mm long. Sepal tube is cup-shaped, 3.5-4.5 mm long, petal-like. Limb is 5-6 mm broad, sepal (apparent petals) are blunt, 2 mm long, roundish, margin hyaline. Stamens remain inside the flower, filaments 2-2.5 mm long, anther oblong. The fruit is a capsule. Sea Milkwort is widespread in the northern hemisphere where it is found on the banks of rivers, marshy places as bogs and in salty areas near the sea or estuaries at altitudes of 2000-4600 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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