Stellaria flaccida Hook.

Forest Starwort

Companion. Bot. Mag. 1: 275 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, slender-taprooted or with fibrous roots, often with adventitious roots from nodes, with sparse to medium (on new growth) white hairs on stems, leaves and calyx; stems weak, scrambling, often branched, 5–55 cm long. Leaves sessile, appearing petiolate, broadly ovate, ovate, elliptic or obovate, (5–)8–20(–23) mm long, (1–)2–6(–10) mm wide, margin often undulate and ciliate on lower half. Flowers solitary and axillary or in a terminal interrupted monochasium; fruiting pedicel erect, occasionally refiexed, (14–)20–60(–75) mm long; sepals 3.5–7.5 mm long, with a few hairs on base and midrib, apex acute, margin of 2 sepals ciliate on both sides, 1 sepal with one side only ciliate and 2 sepals entire; petals 5, equal to or exceeding sepals; stamens 10. Capsule 5–7(–8) mm long, 3–5 mm diam., exceeding sepals; valves straight; seeds 4–13, 1.5–2.5 mm long, red-brown to ruby-red, tubercles prominent, rounded, broad and inflated. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Common in damp, shaded forests and riparian scrubs from near sea-level to subalps.

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, 2020-07-09
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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 flaccida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria flaccida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory