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Useful Temperate Plants

Arenaria serpyllifolia

L.

Caryophyllaceae

+ Synonyms

Alsinanthus serpillifolius (L.) Desv.

Alsine serpyllifolia Crantz

Alsinella serpyllifolia Gray

Arenaria aegaea Rech.f.

Arenaria alpicola Beck

Arenaria alpina (Gaudin) A.Kern.

Arenaria breviflora Gilib.

Arenaria cantabrica Amo

Arenaria cassia Boiss.

Arenaria condensata Lange

Arenaria crassifolia Freyn ex Hallier

Arenaria foliacea Turrill

Arenaria gorgonea J.A.Schmidt

Arenaria leptoclados (Rchb.) Guss.

Arenaria leptoclados Boiss.

Arenaria lloydii Jord.

Arenaria marschlinsii K.Koch

Arenaria martrinii Tzvelev

Arenaria minutiflora Loscos ex Willk. & Lange

Arenaria olonensis Jord. ex Bonnier

Arenaria patula Martrin-Donos

Arenaria peloponnesiaca Rech.f.

Arenaria sphaerocarpa Ten.

Arenaria tremula Boiss.

Arenaria uralensis Pall. ex Spreng.

Arenaria varia Dulac

Arenaria viscida Loisel.

Arenaria wallichiana Ser.

Arenaria zozii Kleopow

Euthalia serpyllifolia Rupr.

Minuartia olonensis (Jord. ex Bonnier) P.Fourn.

Stellaria serpyllifolia (L.) Scop.

Common Name: Thyme-Leaf Sandwort

Arenaria serpyllifolia
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General Information

Arenaria serpyllifolia is an annual, sometimes biennial, plant growing 3 - 40cm or more tall from a taproot. The main stem usually branches freely, mainly near the base, to produce up to 100 erect to ascending or sprawling stems[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
The plant has spread, mainly through human activity, and has become a weed in many parts of the globe.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Eurasia - the Atlantic coast to Western Siberia; central Asia; China, Japan and Korea; Afghanistan and the Himalayas; North Africa - Morocco to Egypt

Habitat

Bare ground, arable fields, walls, bare soil on chalk downs, cliffs etc[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
]. Mountain grassland slopes, sandy or stony barrens, fields, gardens; at elevations from 600 - 4,000 metres in China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Biennial
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsInsects, Self
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


This species is apparently disliked by rabbits since it is often abundant round their burrows[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
].

Edible Uses

The entire plant is used as a pot-herb[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

The plant is antitussive, depurative, diuretic and febrifuge[[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
,
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of dysentery[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
]. It is also used in the treatment of bladder complaints, calculus troubles and acute and chronic cystitis[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

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