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Stellaria longipes subsp. longipes

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Family: CaryophyllaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PINK FAMILY
Habit: Annual to perennial herb; rarely dioecious (Silene), taprooted or rhizome generally slender. Leaf: simple, generally opposite (subwhorled), entire, pairs at nodes often +- connected at bases; stipules generally 0; petiole generally 0. Inflorescence: generally cyme, generally open; flowers 1--many; involucre generally 0 (present in Dianthus, Petrorhagia). Flower: generally bisexual, radial; hypanthium often present but obscure; sepals (4)5, +- free or fused into a tube, margins generally scarious, more so on inner 2 or not, tube generally not scarious, awns generally 0; petals (4)5 or 0, generally tapered to base (or with claw long, limb expanded), entire to 2--several-lobed, limb generally without scale-like appendages adaxially, generally without ear-like lobes at base; stamens generally 10, generally fertile, generally free, generally from ovary base; nectaries 0 or 5; ovary superior, generally 1-chambered, placentas basal or free-central, styles 2--5 with 0 branches or 1 with 2--3 branches. Fruit: capsule or utricle (rarely +- dehiscent), generally sessile.
Genera In Family: 83 or 89 genera, 3000 species: widespread, especially arctic, alpine, temperate northern hemisphere; some cultivated (Agrostemma, Arenaria, Cerastium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Lychnis, Sagina, Saponaria, Silene, Vaccaria). Note: Apetalous Caryophyllaceae can also be keyed in Rabeler & Hartman 2005 FNANM 5:5--8.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: StellariaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, erect to prostrate; taprooted, rhizomed. Stem: 4-angled or round. Leaf: petioled or not; linear to ovate, vein 1. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary, umbel-like or not, open to dense; flowers 1--many (if 1, axillary); peduncles, pedicels 0.8--50+ mm. Flower: sepals (4)5, free, 1.5--5.5 mm, lanceolate to ovate, glabrous to glandular-hairy; petals 0 or (1)5, 0.8--7 mm, 2-lobed > 1/2 to base; stamens 10 or fewer; styles 3(4--5 in Stellaria calycantha), 0.2--2.8 mm. Fruit: capsule, +- ovoid or spheric to cylindric-oblong; valves 6(8,10), ascending to recurved. Seed: several to many, brown to +- yellow, +- red, or purple-brown.
Species In Genus: +- 190 species: worldwide. Etymology: (Latin: star, from flower shape) Note: Presence of papillae on leaf margins determined at 20×.

Stellaria longipes Goldie subsp. longipes
Habit: Perennial herb, ascending to erect, 5--35 cm, generally glabrous; rhizomes white. Stem: internodes glabrous or hairs scattered, wavy. Leaf: +- evenly spaced; blade 10--40 mm, linear to lance-linear; margin not papillate, flat, shiny, sometimes ciliate near base. Inflorescence: terminal or axillary, generally 1--7-flowered, +- narrow; bracts leaf-like or +- scarious; pedicels ascending to erect, in fruit +- straight. Flower: sepals 5, 3--5.5 mm, lanceolate to +- ovate, +- acute, glabrous, margin widely scarious, in fruit +- 3-ribbed; petals 5, 1--1.2 × sepals. Seed: 0.7--1 mm, red-brown, minutely roughened. Chromosomes: 2n=generally 52,78,104.
Ecology: Streambanks, moist to boggy meadows, seeps; Elevation: (0)1250--3500 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRI, CaRH, SN, CCo (San Luis Obispo Co.), SnBr, Wrn, n SNE, W&I; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana, New Mexico; circumboreal. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Stellaria longipes var. laeta S. Watson; Stellaria longipes Goldie var. longipes
Unabridged Note: 1 other subsp., 200--300 m in Alberta, Saskatchewan.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
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Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2017. Stellaria longipes subsp. longipes, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on September 19, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Stellaria longipes subsp. longipes:
KR, NCoRI, CaRH, SN, CCo (San Luis Obispo Co.), SnBr, Wrn, n SNE, W&I;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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