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Stellaria multiflora Hook.
Family Caryophyllaceae
Stellaria multiflora Hook. APNI*

Description: Annual herb with several erect or ascending stems, internodes often short; entirely glabrous or with scattered long hairs.

Leaves narrow-ovate to lanceolate or narrow-spathulate, 5–10 mm long, c. 2 mm wide; sessile or petiolate.

Flowers axillary; pedicels stout, 2–5 mm long. Sepals lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, margins scarious. Petals absent. Stamens 5 or 10.

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


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: August–November

Distribution and occurrence: Rarely collected: from North Western Plains to Southern Tablelands. Also in Queensland, Victoria,, South Australia and Western Australia.

Grows in dry pastures and stony places.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST, NWS, ?CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

A variable taxon that needs further study; three subspecies are recognised currently.

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

 Key to the subspecies 
1Mature fruit broad-ellipsoid, usually >2 mm diam.; valve apex strongly revolutesubsp. multiflora
Mature fruit narrow-ovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, <2 mm diam.; valve apex straight or slightly recurved2
2Fruiting pedicels with distinct collar, pedicel at collar >0.5 mm diam.; petals 3–5(-6), minute but usually 2-fidsubsp. collaris
Fruiting pedicels lacking collar, pedicel c. 0.5 mm diam.or less; petals absent
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subsp. nebulosa

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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