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Pseudostellaria jamesiana
sticky starwort

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Habitat: Moist or dry open woods, rocky slopes and meadows, from moderate to high elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial with thick, fleshy roots and slender rhizomes, the stems ascending to erect, 4-angled, 1.5-4 dm. tall, glabrous below and glandular-pubescent above.


Leaves opposite, sessile, linear to lanceolate, acuminate, 3-10 cm. long and 3-10 mm. wide.


Flowers many in axillary and terminal, leafy-bracteate cymes; sepals 5, oblong-lanceolate, scarious-margined, 3.5-5 mm. long; petals 5, white, twice as long as the sepals, bi-lobed 1/3 to 1/5 their length.


Capsule ovoid, slightly shorter than the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Pseudostellaria jamesiana (Torr.) W.A. Weber & R.L. Hartm.
Publication: Phytologia. 44: 314. 1979.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Alsine glutinosa A. Heller
Arenaria jamesiana (Torr.) Shinners
Stellaria jamesiana Torr. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pseudostellaria jamesiana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pseudostellaria jamesiana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pseudostellaria jamesiana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pseudostellaria jamesiana photos.

USDA Plants: Pseudostellaria jamesiana information.

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