Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
14. Caryophyllaceae, the Pink Family
3. Stellaria L. -- Stitchwort
1. Stellaria crassifolia Ehrh.
Stems decumbent and matted to erect, often supported by surrounding vegetation,
freely branched, 8-30 cm long. Leaves elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate,
acute or blunt, narrowed at the base, 5-25 mm long, 1-3 mm wide. Flowers
solitary in forks of the stem, on pedicels 1-5 cm long; sepals 2.5-4
mm long; petals surpassing the sepals. Capsules ovoid, equaling
or exceeding the calyx, 3.5-5 mm long. Seeds reddish-brown, oblong-orbicular,
0.7-1 mm long. Jun--Jul. Springs, boggy areas and stream margins; occasional;
n, c and e ND, nc and ne SD; (Circumboreal, in N.Amer. from Newf. to AK, s to
NY, MN, ne SD, AZ and CA).
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