E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Stellaria longipes Goldie
long-stalked starwort (longstalk starwort)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a slender rhizome; stems decumbent to more usually erect, several, branched, matted, 4-angled, glabrous to slightly hairy near the base, 3-30 cm tall/long.
Basal leaves few, reduced, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, unstalked, egg-shaped or linear to linear-lanceolate, 5-30 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, abruptly sharp-pointed, rigid and stiff, often glaucous; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary, or few to several flowers in an open cluster; petals 5, white, 2-cleft, 3-8 mm long; sepals 5, lanceolate, 3-5 mm long, usually glabrous, strongly 3-nerved.
Capsules usually purplish, 4-6 mm long, 6-valved; seeds 0.6-0.9 mm long, reddish-brown, lightly roughened.
In an earlier treatment (Douglas et al. 1989) Stellaria longipes was treated as a single, highly variable taxon based on the research of Chinnappa and Morton (1976, 1984). Recently, Emery and Chinnappa (1994) have shown that it now best to recognize three varieties within the S. longipes complex. Two of these occur in BC.

1. Flowers solitary; leaves egg-shaped; plants mostly of the alpine zone...................... var. monantha (Hult.) Emery & Chinnappa

1. Flowers on most plants more than 1; leaves linear to linear-lanceolate; plants occurring in all vegetation zones....................... var. longipes

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry rocky slopes, lakeshores, meadows, scree slopes, fellfields and open forests in all vegetation zones; common throughout BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to SD, NM, AZ and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Stellaria longipes

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 7 1515 2565
Slope Gradient (%) 0 12 85
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 228 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 4 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(12), BAFA(55), BG(1), BWBS(7), CWH(3), ESSF(80), ICH(7), IDF(21), IMA(10), MS(25), PP(1), SBPS(44), SBS(22), SWB(8)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Alsine longipes (Goldie) Coville
Alsine palmeri Rydb.
Alsine stricta (Richards.) Rydb.
Alsine validus Goodding
Stellaria dulcis Gervais
Stellaria edwardsii var. arctica (Schischkin) HultTn
Stellaria hultenii Boivin
Stellaria laeta var. altocaulis (HultTn) Boivin
Stellaria laxmannii Fisch.
Stellaria longifolia var. laeta (Richards.) S. Wats.
Stellaria longipes subsp. monantha (HultTn) W.A. Weber
Stellaria longipes subsp. stricta (Richards.) W.A. Weber
Stellaria longipes var. longipes Goldie [superfluous autonym]
Stellaria longipes var. monantha (HultTn) Welsh
Stellaria monantha subsp. atlantica HultTn
Stellaria monantha var. atlantica (HultTn) Boivin
Stellaria palmeri (Rydb.) Tidestrom
Stellaria valida (Goodding) Coult. & A. Nels.

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