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Stellaria longipes
longstalk starwort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east across Canada and the northern Great Plains to eastern North America.

Habitat: Moist streambanks and rocky slopes at mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Variable, low perennial from slender rhizomes, the stems glabrous, often matted, 4-angled, 5-30 cm. long.


Leaves opposite, sessile, stiff, glaucous, 1-3 cm. long and 1-3 mm. broad, linear to linear-lanceolate, usually glabrous.


Flowers single to several in an open inflorescence, the pedicels erect, slender, up to 8 cm. long; sepals 5, lanceolate, scarious-margined, about 4 mm. long, glabrous, 3-nerved; petals 5, white, slightly longer than the sepals.


Capsule ovoid, purplish, somewhat longer than the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Stellaria longipes Goldie
Publication: Edinburgh Philos. J. 6: 327. 1822.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Stellaria longipes in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Stellaria longipes checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Stellaria longipes information.

E-Flora BC: Stellaria longipes atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stellaria longipes photos.

USDA Plants: Stellaria longipes information.

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