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Stellaria graminea L.
Family Caryophyllaceae
Stellaria graminea L. APNI*

Description: Slender much-branched herb with angled stems, glabrous.

Leaves cauline, linear-lanceolate to narrow-elliptic, 10–23 mm long, 2–4 mm wide, acute, often ciliate at base; sessile.

Dichasial cyme lax, ³ 10-flowered. Pedicels 7–27 mm long, 4-angled; bracts scarious. Sepals lanceolate, 3–7 mm long, margins scarious. Petals deeply bifid, greater than or equal to the sepals. Stamens 10.

Capsule ovoid, equal to or slightly longer than the calyx; seeds wrinkled.


Flowering: summer.

Distribution and occurrence: An uncommon weed. Native of Europe.

Very damp areas on edges of rivers, lakes, swamps.
NSW subdivisions: *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
AVH map***

Text by A. Doust (1990); edited KL Wilson (Nov 2021)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); CH Miller and JGWest (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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