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(spurry), a genus of plants of the family Caryophyl-laceae. The small, mostly annual herbs have ascending or spreading stems that are strongly branched from the base. The leaves are linear and opposite, but they appear to be whorled, owing to the development of short shoots with clusters of leaves at the axils. The small, white, five-parted flowers are in loose inflorescences. The fruit is a many-seeded, five-valved capsule.

There are four to six species, distributed in temperate regions of both hemispheres. All are found in the USSR, where they grow mainly on sandy soils. The most common species is S. arvensis, which grows in the European USSR, the Caucasus, Siberia, and the Far East. The plant is found along roads, near dwellings, and in wastelands. It also grows as a weed in plantings of spring crops. One plant may yield as many as 28,000 easily disseminated seeds that contaminate the soil. S. linicola and 5. maxima are weeds of flax. The green parts of Spergula are a good livestock feed and are suitable for silage.


Kott, S.A. Sornye rasteniia i bor’ba s nimi. Moscow, 1961.
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This taxon results even scarcer than Spergula viscosa s.
Aportaciones al conocimiento del genero Spergula L.
Agrostemma githago, Cerastium arvense, Cerastium holosteoides, Scleranthus annuus, Silene vulgaris, Stellaria graminea, Stellaria media and Spergula arvensis to the pink family (Caryophyllaceae) as use of phase contrast microscopy would be necessary for identification of the mentioned species.
& Penas, A.--1995--Aportaciones al conocimiento del genero Spergula L.--Lagascalia 18(1): 15-24.
This last group is divided into two subgroups, one corresponding to the higher nitrogen soil contents meadows of Poo bulbosae-Trifolietum subterranei, with Spergula arvensis as differential species, and the other to the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea class of plant communities with a shorter flood period (Pulicario paludosaeAgrostietum pourretii, Loto hispidi-Chaetopogonetum fasciculati, Molineriello laevis-Illecebretum verticillati, and Junco capitati-Isoetetum histricis).
Finalmente, Ranunculus cabrerensis es la planta diferencial de la asociacion Linario filicaulis-Ranunculetum cabrerensis frente a Linario filicaulis-Sperguletum viscosae en tanto que Spergula viscosa es la planta diferencial de la asociacion Linario filicaulis-Sperguletum viscosae.
Perez, Spergula arvensis L., Hypericum grandifolium Choisy, Viola palmensis Webb & Berth., Arabis caucasica Schlecht in Willd, Descurainia gilva Svent., Nepeta teydea Webb & Berth.