Stellaria species

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Scientific Name Stellaria crassifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol
STCR
Common Name Fleshy Starwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20164
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine. Moist areas in meadows, openings, or along stream banks.
Plant: Erect perennial 1 to 8 inches high with slender, angular stems; in small to large tangled mats or growing through grasses.
Leaves: Fleshy, green leaves about 1/3 inch long, elliptic-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sessile, 1 to 3 ribs, smooth edges and pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Single (usually) white flowers on each stem, about 1/3-inch across; 5 petals, deeply cleft and almost appearing like 10; 5 pointed sepals and 5 to 10 stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Stellaria longipes USDA PLANTS Symbol
STLO2
Common Name Longstalk Starwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
20168
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine. Moist or dry areas; meadows, openings, stream banks, boggy areas.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 13 inches high with weak, slender, angular stems.
Leaves: Upward-pointing, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sessile, smooth edges and pointed tips; 1 to 3 ribs; about 1-1/2 inch long or less.
Inflorescence: Single white flowers on each stem, about 1/2-inch across; 5 petals, deeply cleft and almost appearing like 10; 5 sepals and 5 to 10 stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and efloras.org.
Notes: Previously mis-identified. Thanks to Jane Hendrix of Breckenridge for the correction.
Colorado Status
Native

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