from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous low-growing herbs of the genus Arenaria, having small, usually white flowers often grouped in cymose clusters.
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- n. Any of several plants in the genera Arenaria, Minuartia, and Moehringia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the genus Arenaria, low, tufted herbs (order Caryophyllaceæ.)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Arenaria.
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- n. low-growing chiefly perennial plant usually with small white flowers suitable for e.g. rock gardens
- n. low-growing herb having clusters of small white four-petaled flowers
- n. loosely matted plant with moss-like foliage studded with tiny starry four-petaled white blossoms; mountains of central and southern Europe
The slide passed, the path winds through dense, low spruce growth, and, the last steep cliffs gradually overcome, the extreme limit of tree vegetation (four thousand eight hundred feet) is passed, and the remaining rocky slope offers no growth except a few hardy plants, such as sandwort, grasses, and several varieties of moss and lichen.
White mountain-avens may cover entire ridges in the Alaska Range, associated with moss campion, black oxytrope, arctic sandwort, lichens, grasses, and sedges.
Characteristic sandy seashore plants are sea sandwort Honckenya peploides and lyme-grass Elymus mollis.
Those found within Mt. Robson park include low sandwort Atenaria longipedinculata, slender Indian paintbrush Castilleja gracillima, western Indian paintbrush C. occidentalis, sulphur indian paintbrush C. sulphurea and arctic cinquefoil Potentilla hyparctica.
I enjoyed the climb, the lessening forest, the alpine plants (the diapensia was in full flower, with its upright snowy goblets, while the geum and the Greenland sandwort were just beginning to blossom), the magnificent prospect, the stimulating air, and, most of all, the mountain itself.
The two flowers oftenest noticed by the chance comer to these parts are the Greenland sandwort (the "mountain daisy"!) and the pretty geum, with its handsome crinkled leaves and its bright yellow blossoms, like buttercups.
How wise, too, is the sandwort in its choice of a dwelling-place!
To what extent, if at all, the sandwort depends upon the service of insects for its fertilization, I do not know, but it certainly has no scarcity of such visitors.
On the first of these occasions, although I was eight days later than I had been the year before (June 19th instead of June 11th), the diapensia was just coming into somewhat free bloom, while the sandwort showed only here and there a stray flower, and the geum was only in bud.
They strolled about the summit, admired the prospect, picked a bunch of sandwort, perhaps, but especially they went to see the snow.