11 responses to “Lysimachia maritima”

  1. Andrea

    One of the things I was told about crowberries is their disjunct population in the Andes, probably from a migratory shorebird. There’s a red-berried species down there that likely arose from E. nigrum way after the continents split:

  2. K E Dyck

    Totally amazed by the lovely little flowers!
    The subspecies we have in the Yukon (hermaphroditum) doesn’t have flowers like that at all – the flowers are not at all showy, it blooms VERY early, and the berries are ripening now (end of July). Also called ‘mossberries”, they are edible but not very flavourful – and I can confirm that even with added pectin they lack the acidity to make jelly without adding a bit of lemon juice – but the resulting un-jelled ‘syrup’ was good on pancakes!!

  3. chris czajkowski

    Totally different flower to the crowberry at Nuk Tessli, which has no petals. Virtually nothing but red sepals and reproductive parts.

  4. Maggie Paquet

    Bears like them, too! (Black bears, anyway; I don’t know if grizzlies eat them, but I wouldn’t be surprised.)

  5. Adolf Ceska

    This is not _Empetrum nigrum_.

  6. Rick Jones

    Have to agree with others. This does not appear to be any of the Empetrum spp.

  7. Sue Meades

    Adolf is correct, this is NOT Empetrum nigrum. This image is of Glaux maritima (recently renamed Lysimachia maritima), sea milkwort, a coastal saltmarsh species.

  8. Bonnie Pavlak

    Dioecious means male and female in same plant. To my knowledge, it does not mean diploid.

  9. marianwhit

    Thanks for any info you can share on native plants.

  10. Eric La Fountaine

    My apologies, we have certainly misidentified this taxon. I am not the most familiar with our native plants and I trust the knowledge of Adolph Ceska, who is an authority on the subject and publisher of Botanical Electronic News. Thank you Rick Jones and Sue Meades for the correct ID.
    Lysimachia maritima sounds like an interesting plant. Bear with us and we will prepare a new write-up for the photo which will post later today.

  11. Carita Bergman

    Well, if it WERE E. negrum, I just wanted to mention that it is used in Labrador when smoking fish, and imparts quite a lovely flavour. And if the ripe berries are squeezed in a particular fashion, they squirt a pleasing stream that can be well aimed with practice.

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