Stellaria filiformis (Benth.) Mattf.

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 100: 148 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual with slender taproot, glabrous; stems slender, erect and spreading, branched from base, 5–22 cm long. Leaves sessile, in a basal rosette, filiform, (3–)5–20(–27) mm long, 0.2–1 mm wide, inflorescence leaves ('bracts') sessile, ovate to narrowly ovate, 2–4 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, margin scarious. Inflorescence a dichasium; fruiting pedicel erect, (2–)3–9(–11) mm long; sepals 2–4 mm long, apex acute or obtuse, margin scarious; petals (3–)5, less than half sepal length; stamens 2–4, some may be reduced. Capsule (2–)3–5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm diam., far exceeding sepals; valves straight; seeds 5–13, 0.4–0.75 mm long, cream to yellow, tubercles very small. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

LoM, MuM. Also WA, SA, NSW. Largely confined in Victoria to the north-west where occasional in mallee scrub and heathlands, mainly on sandy soils, but with isolated records from near Dimboola and the Grampians.

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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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 filiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria filiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native

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