Lysimachia linum-stellatum L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 148 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Diminutive herb, to c. 15 cm high, sometimes unbranched. Leaves linear or narrowly oblong, 3–10 mm long, 0.5–1.5 mm wide, margins minutely serrulate, acutely tapered but blunt at the very apex. Flowers on pedicels 1–3 mm long; calyx 2–4 mm long, persisting and the lobes spreading star-like after the capsule has fallen; corolla c. one-third as long as calyx, lobes broadly obovate, with broadly acuminate apex, white; stamens attached at throat of corolla tube. Capsule broadly ovoid or c. spherical, c. 2 mm diam.; seeds c. elliptic, 1 mm long, dark red-brown, concave on inner face, rounded and transversely ridged dorsally. Flowers Aug.–Oct.

*CVU, *Gold, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, SA. Collected rarely in Victoria and known only from Bendigo and Lurg (near Glenrowan), growing in raised, rocky areas. Very likely more common than records suggest, probably overlooked because of its diminutive size or similarity to other (e.g. Stellaria) species.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Primulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Asterolinon linum-stellatum (L.) Duby ex DC.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Ericales
family Primulaceae
genus Lysimachia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lysimachia linum-stellatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lysimachia linum-stellatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia