Arenaria confusa Rydb.
Arenaria saxosa and Arenaria confusa are often combined under Arenaria
lanuginosa var. saxosa (e.g., in The Flora of North America; or Spergulastrum
lanuginosum in Kelly Allred's NM checklist), however I am following the treatment by
Bassett Maguire in The Flora of Arizona. These taxa are apparently in need of further research
to determine which, if either, treatment is correct; however, it seems unsatisfying to lump
considerable variation within a single variety. Unlike Arenaria saxosa, Arenaria
confusa is a diffuse, sprawling plant with much-branched stems, relatively sparsely
pubescent leaves, and long, divergent pedicels.
A flower on the trail to Capitan Peak, Capitan Mountains, Lincoln County, New Mexico, 17
A flowering stem on the trail to Capitan Peak, 17 Jul 2006.
Plant habit on the trail to Capitan Peak, 17 Jul 2006.
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