Stellaria papillata C.H.Mill. & J.G.West

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 25: 51 (2012) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Annual, with slender taproot, glabrous; stems erect to ascending, single to branched from base, 3–15 cm. Leaves sessile, narrowly ovate to linear, (3–)5–10(–15) mm long, 0.5–1(–1.2) mm wide, margin sparsely toothed. Inflorescence a very condensed monochasium; fruiting pedicel erect, 0.3–0.6(–1.5) mm long; sepals (2–)2.5–4.5 mm long, apex acute to acuminate, margin occasionally slightly ragged at apex; petals (0–)2–5, often reduced to single arm, less than 1 mm long; stamens 2–7. Capsule (2.5–)3–3.5 mm long, 1.5–2 mm diam., shorter than or equal to sepals; valves straight or slightly incurved at apex, thickened, papillate; seeds (2)3 per capsule, 1.3–1.9 mm long, yellow or mid- to reddish-brown, tubercles small to medium, in narrow flattened ridges, reticulate. Flowers Apr.–Jun.

MuF, MSB, RobP. Known by a few collections along the Murray River in low lying sites on river clays (Walpolla Is. west of Mildura, near Robinvale and Yarrawonga). Otherwise known from clay plains and river flats in western New South Wales.

The above description is based on non-Victorian specimens. Some non-vouchered records of Stellaria multiflora from the far north-west may be referable to this taxon.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-05-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-22
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Stellaria
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stellaria papillata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria papillata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

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New South Wales