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American Stitchwort - Stellaria americana

Native Species

Global Rank: G3G4
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Glandular-hairy perennial from a slenderly branched caudex surmounting a taproot. Stems branched, trailing, 5–15 cm long. Leaves ovate, 1–3 cm long. Inflorescence a few-flowered, compact, terminal, leafy cyme. Flowers: sepals ovate, obtuse, 3–5 mm long; petals 4–8 mm long; stamens 5. Capsule 5–6 mm long, opening by 3 slits (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Endemic to MT and adjacent AB (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 22

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 p.
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