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|Family: Caryophyllaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Stellaria||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Stellaria littoralis Torr.
Habit: Perennial herb, sprawling, 10--60 cm, covered (except +- leaves) with long wavy hairs; rhizome white. Stem: +- uniformly hairy. Leaf: +- evenly spaced; blade 10--45 mm, +- ovate; margin flat to wavy, +- shiny, densely ciliate. Inflorescence: terminal; flowers few to many; bracts leaf-like; pedicels ascending to erect, in fruit spreading to reflexed. Flower: sepals 5, 2.8--5 mm, lanceolate, sharply acute, hairy, margin widely scarious, ciliate near base, ribs in fruit 1 or 3; petals 5, 1--1.2 × sepals. Seed: +- 1 mm, red-brown, minutely roughened.
Ecology: Coastal +- marshes, bluffs; Elevation: < 40 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, CCo. Flowering Time: Spring Note: Stellaria littoralis closely resembles Stellaria dichotoma L. of eastern Asia; further study needed to determine if the 2 are conspecific and our plants thus introduced to California.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Jepson Online Interchange
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory
Previous taxon: Stellaria graminea
Next taxon: Stellaria longifolia
Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2017. Stellaria littoralis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=45482, accessed on April 30, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on April 30, 2017.