(Longstalk Starwort)


Stellaria longipes, Indiana Creek, Summit Co. 6777


Stelllaria longipes, Blue Lakes, Summit Co. 1091


Stellaria longipes, Indiana Creek, Summit Co. 1721

Scientific Name Stellaria longipes USDA PLANTS Symbol STLO2
Common Name Longstalk Starwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20168
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7500 to 13000 ft); moist or dry areas; meadows, openings, stream banks, boggy areas.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 13 inches high with weak, slender, angular stems.
Leaves: Upward-pointing, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, sessile, smooth edges and pointed tips; 1 to 3 ribs; about 1-1/2 inch long or less.
Inflorescence: Single white flowers on each stem, about 1/2-inch across; 5 petals, deeply cleft and almost appearing like 10; 5 sepals and 5 to 10 stamens.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of North America.
Notes: Previously mis-identified. Thanks to Jane Hendrix of Breckenridge for the correction.
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