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6. Lechea maritima Leggett ex Britton, Catal. Fl. New Jersey. 13. 1881.

Beach or hoary or seaside pinweed Beach or hoary or seaside pinweed

Lechea minor Linnaeus var. maritima (Leggett ex Britton) A. Gray

Herbs, perennial. Stems: basal produced; flowering erect or procumbent to ascending, 15–35 cm, densely sericeous. Leaves of flowering stems whorled; blade narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 7–25 × 1.2–4 mm, apex acute, abaxial surface pilose, adaxial glabrous or sparsely pilose. Pedicels 1 per axil, 1–1.5 mm. Flowers: calyx 1.6–2.1 mm, outer sepals shorter than to ± equaling inner. Capsules subglobose to broadly ovoid, 1.3–2.1 × 1.5–1.9 mm, shorter than calyx. Seeds 2–5(–6).

Varieties 3 (3 in the flora): e North America.

The varieties of Lechea maritima show appreciable overlap in many vegetative features but can be readily distinguished by the characters used here.

1 Flowering stems mostly branching distal to middle; outer sepals nearly equaling inner   6b Lechea maritima var. subcylindrica
+ Flowering stems mostly branching proximal to middle; outer sepals shorter than inner   (2)
2 (1) Seeds 3–4(–5), weakly 3-sided or 2-sided and convex; stems erect to procumbent, 1–2.5 mm diam.; sepals usually strongly maroon tinged, sometimes brown.   6a Lechea maritima var. maritima
+ Seeds 2(–3), 2-sided and flat or convex; stems procumbent to ascending, 2–4 mm diam.; sepals usually brown, sometimes maroon tinged.   6c Lechea maritima var. virginica

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