Paronychia erecta (Chapm.) Shinners - Square Flower
Family - Caryophyllaceae
Leaves and stipule.
Portion of inflorescence.
Flowering - April - October.
Habitat - Coastal dunes, sandy open ground.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This interesting little species can be found in just a handful of southern Alabama counties. The plant is easy to identify because of its habitat, squarish-corymbose inflorescence, small white flowers, spatulate leaves, and big silvery stipules. The plant can be glabrous to puberulent.
Photographs taken at Bon Secure National Wildlife Refuge, 6-14-04.