Taxa treated:
Frankenia pulverulenta
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by Thomas Karlsson
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Frankenia L.

Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 331 (1753).

Frankenia pulverulenta L. 1753. N frankenia. S småfrankenia. - Prostrate annual; stems to 30 cm, with a row of hairs, richly branched. Leaves in whorls of 3-4, 5-8 × 2-3.5 mm, petiolate; petioles short, ciliate, basally widened and at the very base connate around the stem; blade spathulate to obovate with broadly rounded to truncate apex, on the lower surface with fairly dense, short, curved, white hairs. Flowers sessile, solitary in branchings, actinomorphic, 5-merous. Calyx tubular, 3.2-4.5 mm, with 5 strong veins. Petals dark pink, clawed; each claw with an adaxial ligule. Style single; stigmas 3, filiform. Fruit a capsule, surrounded by the incrassate calyx. - [2n=20]
N Øf Fredrikstad 1891 (ballast), Ro Haugesund 1903 (ballast). S Sk Ven 1914, BhG Göteborg 1898 (ballast), Lysekil 1893 (possibly with salt from Spain). - Also recorded from Upl Stockholm (Hartman 1849), but probably deliberately sown (Thedenius 1859). - The Mediterranean, western and central Asia; anthropochorous in North and South America, southern Africa and Australia. - Map (not in the book).

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Hartman, C.J. 1849: Handbok i Skandinaviens flora. Ed. 5. Zacharias Hæggström, Stockholm.

Thedenius, K.F. 1859: Botaniska exkursioner i Stockholmstrakten.