Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

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Minuartia douglasii, Douglas’ Stitchwort

Minuartia douglasii, Douglas’ Stitchwort, Southwest Desert Flora Minuartia douglasii, Douglas’ Stitchwort, Southwest Desert Flora Minuartia douglasii, Douglas’ Stitchwort, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Minuartia douglasii
Common Name: Douglas’ Stitchwort
Also Called:
Family: Caryophyllaceae, Pink Family or Carnation Family
Synonyms: (Arenaria douglasii)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 12 inches.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; slender stem erect or spreading, stems may be green or purplish, some pubescence.
Leaves: Green; narrowly linear, axillary leaves.
Flower Color: White petals with yellow center; 5 petals and 5 green sepals, petals streaked with prominent midrib and lateral veins.
Flowering Season: March to June.
Elevation: 2,500 to 3,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Rocky and sandy slopes, sandy soil in chaparral, oak and pine-woodlands.

Recorded Range: Douglas' Stitchwort is found in the far western United States; AZ, CA and OR. It is also found in Baja California.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Minuartia douglasii.

U.S. Weed Information: No data available
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available
Wetland Indicator: No data available
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: 37 species in Minuartia throughout North America. 4 species in Arizona.

Comments: Douglas Stitchwort is found in upper desert areas often in pinyon-juniper communities. The photographs above were taken west of Deer Creek, Gila County, Arizona in the Tonto National Forest.

Date Profile Completed: 2/3/2015, 07/22/2015, updated format 10/11/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California, as Arenaria douglasii.
Richard K. Rabeler, Ronald L. Hartman, Frederick H. Utech, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 5 | Caryophyllaceae | Minuartia, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 2/3/2015).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 2/3/2015)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,