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Cardionema ramosissimum
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Scientific classification
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Cardionema
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C. ramosissimum
Binomial name
Cardionema ramosissimum
(Weinm.) A. Nels. & J.F. Macbr.
Synonyms

Loeflinga ramosissima

Cardionema ramosissimum is a beach-dwelling plant in the family Caryophyllaceae, which is known by the common name sandcarpet.

Description

Cardionema ramosissimum is a flat or clumping mat-forming perennial plant which grows along the coastline of western North America, as well as Chile. From a taproot it extends many petite to sprawling stems up to 30 centimeters long and covered in very tiny leaves, which are about a centimeter long and needlelike.

Filling in the spaces between the spine-shaped leaves are long stipules. The plant bears tiny woolly flowers.

Uses

This thick plant forms a blanket on the sand and can be used for erosion control on beaches.

Cardionemaramosissimum
Plant's thick form.
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