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Stellaria flaccida Hook.
Family Caryophyllaceae
Stellaria flaccida Hook. APNI*

Description: Procumbent or ascending perennial herb, glabrous or almost so, hairy at nodes.

Leaves ovate to lanceolate, 7–18 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, acute; margins undulate, ciliate at base; petiole 2–6 mm long.

Flowers solitary, pedicel 20–40 mm long. Sepals broad-lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, with multicellular hairs. Petals longer than sepals, deeply bifid. Stamens 10.

Capsule ovoid; seeds few, tuberculate.


Habitat
Photo J. R. Hosking

Flower
Photo J. R. Hosking

Other photo
Photo D. Hardin

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: September–January

Distribution and occurrence: Coast and tablelands; also in SE Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Grows in moist shady places in gullies in sclerophyll forests and on margins of rainforest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by A. Doust (1990); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2012)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); CH Miller and JG West (2012)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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