(Fleshy Starwort)


Stellaria crassifolia, Pennsylvania Gulch, Summit Co. 9637


Stellaria crassifolia, Pennsylvania Gulch, Summit Co. 9645

Scientific Name Stellaria crassifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol STCR
Common Name Fleshy Starwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20164
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8800 to 11500 ft.); moist areas in meadows, openings, or along stream banks.
Plant: Erect perennial 1 to 8 inches high with slender, angular stems; in small to large tangled mats or growing through grasses.
Leaves: Fleshy, green leaves about 1/3 inch long, elliptic-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sessile, 1 to 3 ribs, smooth edges and pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Single (usually) white flowers on each stem, about 1/3-inch across; 5 petals, deeply cleft and almost appearing like 10; 5 pointed sepals and 5 to 10 stamens.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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