Stellaria media (L.) Vill.


in Vallaris, Histoire des Plantes de Dauphine 3: 615 (1789)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or over-wintering herb; stems weak, ascending, diffusely branched at base, to 60 cm long, with a line of white hairs on one side of internode (also along pedicel). Lower leaves petiolate, broadly elliptic to cordate-ovate, (5–)10–30(–40) mm long, (2–)5–10(–15) mm wide, margin occasionally with few hairs near base; upper leaves more or less sessile. Inflorescence a terminal, leafy, monochasium; fruiting pedicel erect or recurved, (5–)10–20(–30) mm long; sepals 4–6 mm long, with white hairs all over or on margin and base only, apex obtuse, margins narrow, membranous; petals 5, from half sepal length to scarcely longer than sepals; stamens 3–5. Capsule 4–6 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm diam., c. same length as sepals; valves straight or very slightly recurved at apex; seeds 7–13, (0.8–)0.9–1.2(–1.3)mm long, dark reddish-brown, tubercles prominent to medium, rounded and narrow. Flowers Aug.–Feb.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. Naturalized all States. Native to Europe. Common and widespread weed of disturbed damp 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.
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life Life
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 media in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stellaria media in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Far East present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

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