Family, Pink. Sepals, 4 or 5, longer than the petals, broad. Petals, 4, or sometimes wanting. Stamens, as many as sepals, or twice as many. Styles, 4 or 5. Leaves, small, thread-like, numerous. After flowering, the leaf-stems sometimes become hooked at the top. Summer.

A small, matted plant, moss-like, spreading on the ground in damp woods, on wet rocks, and near springs, chiefly near the coast.

5. decumbens, - Petals, 4, small, or sometimes wanting. Sepals, stamens, and styles, 4. Leaves, short, bristle-tipped, thin, hairy, clustered near the base. Summer.

Sandy soil.