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Common Starwort - Stellaria media

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Annual, sometimes overwintering, with ciliate stems and petioles. Stems trailing to ascending, 5–40 cm. Leaves ovate, 5–30 mm long, petiolate. Inflorescence a terminal, leafy-bracted, long-hairy cyme. Flowers: sepals lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, obscurely 1-veined, pubescent; petals short or absent; stamens 3 to 5. Capsule 3–5 mm long, opening by 6 slits (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Cosmopolitan; introduced throughout N. America; native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Gardens, lawns, disturbed soil along streams, ponds; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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