Arenaria Balearica

Family: Caryophyllaceae
Local name:
Arenaria delle Isole Baleari
English name: Mossy sandwort

Habitat: moist and shaded areas, cliffs

Description: Arenaria balearica is an endemic perennial herbaceous plant, with trailing stems and tiny ascending branches. Its 2-4 mm leaves are opposite, ovate and ciliate on the margin. Solitary on the apex, the flowers consist of 5 white ovate petals, which are twice the length of the sepals. Blooming goes from April to July. 

It can be found in Sardinia, Corsica and on the Balearic Islands. 


Texts: National Park, with the collaboration of Associazione G.Cesaraccio - ProNatura APS
Pictures: Tommaso Gamboni (Ass.G.Cesaraccio - ProNatura APS)

Bibliographic sources:
Flora dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena. G. Cesaraccio. Ed. Sorba.
Portale della flora d’Italia.
Acta plantarum.
Altervista botanica.
Flora di Sardegna.