Stellaria nitens
shiny starwort
WTU specimens
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Distribution: British Columbia to Baja California, east to Idaho and Utah.

Habitat: Gravelly prairies and stream banks to grassy hillsides at low elevations.

Flowers: April - June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Usually glabrous, delicate, erect annual, the filiform stem up to 2 dm. tall, simple or branched below.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite, only on the lower half of the stem, linear or linear lanceolate, 5-10 mm. long; basal leaves with a small ovate blade 3-8 mm. long and a petiole at least as long.

Flowers:

Flowers in a large, open inflorescence with membranous bracts and filiform pedicels; sepals 5, 3-4 mm. long, lanceolate, pointed, 3-nerved, with transparent margins; petals wanting or very small.

Fruits:

Capsule narrowly cylindric-ovoid, shorter than the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Stellaria nitens Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 185. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Stellaria praecox A. Nelson
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Stellaria nitens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Stellaria nitens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Stellaria nitens photos.

USDA Plants: Stellaria nitens information.

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