Common name: Thread Starwort
Stellaria filiformis (Benth.) Mattf. APNI*
Description: Annual herb with ascending stems, to 15 cm high, glabrous; leaves crowded in a basal tuft, sometimes with a few small upper leaves.
Leaves filiform, c. 30 mm long, c. 1 mm wide.
Dichasial cymes spreading; pedicels c. 12 mm long; bracts with scarious margins. Sepals 2–3 mm long. Petals less than half as long as the sepals, deeply bifid. Stamens 3–5.
Capsule cylindrical to ± conical, 3–4.5 mm long, almost twice as long as calyx; seeds numerous.
Distribution and occurrence: Rarely collected: North and Central Western Slopes; also Vic., S.A., W.A.
An uncommon herb of sandy soils.
NSW subdivisions: NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A. W.A.
Text by A. Doust (1990); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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