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Stellaria leptoclada (Benth.) C.H.Mill. & J.G.West
Family Caryophyllaceae
Stellaria leptoclada (Benth.) C.H.Mill. & J.G.West APNI*

Synonyms: Stellaria species Leptoclada (B.G. Briggs 2194) APNI*
Stellaria glauca var. leptoclada Benth. APNI*

Description: Annual, fine, small, weak to erect, single or several stemmed to 20 (–30) cm long, sometimes arising from (loose) basal rosette, glabrous, scabrous or with hairs sparsely scattered on stems.

Stem and inflorescence leaves a continuous series, often attenuate, appearing petiolate; narrow-obovate, linear to narrow-ovate, 2–20 mm long, 0.6–3.4 mm wide, acute to subacute, entire, margin scabrous, toothed or with short hairs on lower parts, rarely scabrous on midrib.

Inflorescence a monochasium. Pedicels 9–45 mm long, slender, erect, often reflexed in fruit, glabrous or slightly scabrous. Sepals 3–5.6 mm long, acute to acuminate. Petals 3–5 mm long, shorter than to slightly longer than sepals; deeply bifid. Stamens 10.

Capsule narrow-ovoid to ellipsoid, 3.2–5.5) mm long, usually equal to slightly longer than sepals, rarely shorter than sepals, valves spreading or straight, apex straight or recurved. Seeds 5––22, suborbicular, 0.6–0.85 mm long, light to mid or reddish-brown, tubercles narrow ridges, semi-inflated.

Photo J. R. Hosking

Photo J. R. Hosking

Photo J. R. Hosking

Other photo
Photo J. R. Hosking

Flowering: August to January

Distribution and occurrence: Northern parts of the State, inland as far as Cobar and south as far as Gloucester. Also in SE Queensland.

Moist sites in undisturbed grassland under open woodlands or forests. Usually on granite-derived soils, occasionally on basalt or serpentine.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, NWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Miller, C.H. & West, J.G. (2012) J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 25: 43

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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