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Stellaria longifolia

Stellaria longifolia (Longleaf Starwort)
Caryophyllaceae.  (Pink Family)

Montane. Moist meadows.  Summer.
Opal Lake Trail, July 10, 2010.

This dainty Chickweed is wide-spread across the United States and Canada.  Stems can be erect or straggling and the plant is typically 10-35 centimeters long.  Leaves are 1-4 centimeters long, only 1-3 millimeters wide, and usually glabrous (without hairs).

Stellaria longifolia is very similar to Stellaria longipes, differing primarily in the shape and hairiness of the leaves.

The Stellaria genus was named by Linnaeus in 1753.  This species was first collected for science in Pennsylvania by Gotthiff Muhlenberg who also named the plant when Carl Willdenow described it in 1809.

Stellaria longifolia

Stellaria longifolia (Longleaf Starwort)
Caryophyllaceae.  (Pink Family)

Montane. Moist meadows.  Summer.
Opal Lake Trail, July 10, 2010.

Stellaria longifolia

Stellaria longifolia (Longleaf Starwort)
Caryophyllaceae.  (Pink Family)

Montane. Moist meadows.  Summer.
Opal Lake Trail, July 10, 2010.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Stellaria longifolia

Range map for Stellaria longifolia