Stellaria pallida (Dumort.) Crep.

Lesser Chickweed

Man. Fl. Belgique, edn 2, 19 (1866) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual herb; stems slender, semi-prostrate to erect, to 40 cm long, usually with single line of white multicellular hairs on one side of internode (also along pedicel), rarely glabrous. Leaves usually all petiolate, cordate, spathulate or ovate, (6–)10–20 mm long, (2–)4–8.5 mm wide, margin entire or sparsely ciliate near base. Inflorescence a terminal, leafy monochasium; fruiting pedicel erect, occasionally recurved, (2–)5–10(–13) mm long; sepals 2–4(–4.5) mm long, with white hairs all over or on base only, rarely glabrous, apex obtuse to hooded, margin narrow, scarious to membranous; petals absent; stamens 1–3. Capsule (2–)3–4(–4.5) mm long, 1–2 mm diam., shortly exceeding sepals; valves straight or slightly recurved at apex; seeds 6–20, 0.5–1 mm long, yellowish to mid-tan, rarely dark brown, tubercles medium to small, rounded and narrow. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *RobP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, NSW, NI, Tas. Native to Europe. A weed of disturbed areas such as roadsides, camping grounds and riverbanks.

Source: Miller, C.H.; West, J.G. (1996). Stellaria. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Stellaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stellaria pallida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria pallida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory