Stellaria pungens Brongn.

Prickly Starwort

Voy. Monde, Phan. t. 78 (1834) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial with rhizomes, often rooting at the nodes, curly white hairs sparse to glabrous on older growth, medium-dense on new growth; stems creeping, prostrate to erect, branched from base, 11–60 cm long. Leaves sessile, narrowly ovate, 4–12 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute and pungent, margin sparsely ciliate for three-quarters of length. Flowers solitary and axillary or in a terminal interrupted monochasium; fruiting pedicel erect, (3–)8–30(–37) mm long; sepals (5–)5.5–9.5(–10) mm long, glabrous or with a few multicellular hairs at base and margin, apex acute and pungent, margin sparsely ciliate for three-quarters of length, rarely entire; petals 5, c. equal to sepals; stamens 10. Capsule (5–)6–9 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., less than or equal to sepals; valves straight or slightly recurved at apex; seeds (5–)6–16(–18), 1–1.6 (–1.8) mm long, mustard to light brown or ruby-red, tubercles medium to high, rounded, flattened. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread in forests and woodlands of southern to northeastern Victoria, common in montane to alpine areas.

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 pungens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria pungens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes 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