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Last updated 2/20/2021 by David Giblin.
Stellaria graminea L.[FNA5, HC, HC2]
grass-leaf starwort

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 422. 1753.

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA5: "In Europe, both diploid and tetraploid cytotypes of Stellaria graminea occur with occasional triploid hybrids. Only the tetraploid form has been found in North America, except for a triploid colony in Newfoundland. This species is often confused with S. longifolia but differs in its stems, which are very angular, glabrous, and not scabrid; the narrowly triangular leaves on the flowering stems; the smooth leaf margins; the stiff, triangular, prominently 3-veined sepals; and the larger, rugulose seeds.

The sterile overwintering shoots of Stellaria graminea have broader elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate leaf blades measuring 5-15 × 1.5-4 mm. They are broadest near the middle. This state of the plant has been named var. latifolia Petermann. Usually S. graminea has perfect flowers but occasionally plants that are entirely staminate-sterile are encountered. The flowers in these are partially fertile depending on the occurrence of cross- pollination."

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Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Alsine graminea (L.) Britton