(Fleshy Starwort)

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Stellaria crassifolia, Pennsylvania Gulch, Summit Co. 9637

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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.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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