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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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